Laurel Canyon, CA — A baby girl was recovering at home Tuesday after she fell into a toilet and almost drowned.
According to Los Angeles police, the baby — who was between 6 months and a year old — was playing her sister, a toddler, in the bathroom at a home in the San Fernando Valley when the incident happened. The door was locked and the older sister was crying for help.
The girls’ mother kicked in the bathroom door and found her baby daughter head first in the toilet, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Scott Harrelson said.
“The mother then kicked the door open and saw the infant head-down in the toilet,” Harrelson told the L.A. Daily News.
Harrelson said the mother immediately pulled the child out of the toilet.
Harrelson was unable to provide details Tuesday afternoon, but the LAPD’s Media Relations Division confirmed the report.
Two police officers responded to the home in the 8200 block of Laurel Canyon at 9:50 am.
“The baby was blue but slightly breathing,” Harrelson said. “The officers were able to open up her airways and she started to cry, which means she was responsive.”
The L.A. Fire Department deployed a helicopter, which landed at Sun Valley Middle School, and transported the baby girl to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles just before 10:30 am, spokesman Erik Scott said.
The child’s mother told NBC4 that she is a nurse and was able to perform CPR on her daughter.
The girl was hospitalized in serious condition after the incident, but was later released.
The mother warned parents that it only takes a few seconds and a couple of inches of water for a child to drown.