Police investigating near drowning of toddler in Southwest Miami-Dade


Miami-Dade police are investigating the near drowning of a toddler in a neighborhood lake Monday afternoon.

The child was reported missing around 3:30 p.m. from his home and police was called.

An arriving Miami-Dade police officer and an off-duty Florida Highway Patrol Troop Commander Maj. Sammie Thomas, who lives in the complex, pulled the boy out of the man-made lake and performed CPR until Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units arrived.

The boy was taken to Miami Children’s Hospital by helicopter. Neighbors said the child is about 2-years-old.

It’s unclear how the child fell into the lake in the development called Blue Waters at Southwest 10900 Avenue and 242nd Street.

He was found after a security guard spotted sneaker in the water and saw the boy.

“All the police officers were doing CPR on the baby...” said Ulyesse Grace Jr., who witnessed the rescue.

The toddler was in critical, but stable condition Monday night.

It’s unclear how long he was in the water.

This article will be updated when more information is available.

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