Kerman child in critical condition after nearly drowning

The Fresno BeeJune 1, 2014 

A Kerman child is in critical condition after nearly drowning in an apartment complex pool Sunday afternoon, Kerman police said.

The child was found unconscious in the Golden Meadows Apartment's pool on West California Avenue about 3:30 p.m. An adult who lived at the apartment complex began performing CPR on the child, and Kerman police took over when they arrived.

When the ambulance arrived, the child was still unconscious, Kerman Police Sgt. Wil Barcoma said. The child regained a pulse, blood pressure and breathing by the time the ambulance arrived to take him to Community Regional Medical Center, Fresno Fire Battalion Chief Chuck Tobias reported. Barcoma said American Ambulance staff told him the child was in "very critical condition."

The child was not under adult supervision when the incident occurred, and Kerman police were unable to identify the child. Witnesses said the child was familiar and lived in the apartment complex, but didn't know his name. Tobias said the child was about 8.

Barcoma wanted to remind the public, especially parents, to supervise children who are swimming, even those who know how to swim.

The incident is under investigation, and the parents of the child may be charged with child neglect and child endangerment, Barcoma said.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6679 or bvaccari@fresnobee.com.

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