Toddler in Washington Twp. nearly drowns in koi pond

A 21-month-old baby girl was taken to Morristown Memorial Hospital Sunday after nearly drowning in a koi pond, police said.

Police were called to the Flocktown Road home at 10:23 a.m. on a report of a possible drowning, according to police, who said officers were told the child had gotten outside unsupervised and fell into a small, man-made koi pond. The pond depth varied from 6 inches to 30 inches.

The child was removed from the pond by a family member and brought into the home, unresponsive and not breathing, police Lt. Mark Niemynski said.

Officer Adam Feichter and Sgt. Earl Barnes of the township Police Department responded and administered CPR, and the Long Valley Rescue Squad and Medic 517 were on scene and assisted with the call, Niemynski said. Barnes is the department’s CPR and first aid instructor, so his experience and training on such a call was invaluable, Niemynski added.

A landing zone was established at Rock Spring Park. The victim was transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital Trauma Center by Atlantic Air One; the Long Valley Fire Company assisted with coordinating the landing.

The names of those involved were withheld by police, who said the child and family had lived in the home for several months. An update on the girl’s condition Tuesday was not available.

The incident remains under investigation by the township Police Department and the Division of Youth and Family Services.

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