Baby Hospitalized After Falling Into Toilet

The infant is rescued by her mother and remains in serious condition.

A baby girl who was playing with her toddler sister in the bathroom of a North Hollywood home fell head-first into a toilet but was rescued by her mother and flown to a hospital in serious condition.

City fire officials responded to the home in the 8200 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday, and the infant was loaded into a medical helicopter from a nearby school.

Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Scott Harrelson told the Los Angeles Daily News the baby was playing with her sister in the bathroom, and the older girl eventually began crying for help. The girls' mother kicked open the locked door and found the infant in the toilet, Harrelson told the paper.

"The baby was blue but slightly breathing," Harrelson told the paper. "The officers were able to open up her airways and she started to cry, which means she was responsive."

The girl was flown to Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

george November 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Why was the door locked, and why were the kids playing in the bathroom? Accidents happen, I almost let a baby drown in a pool right in front of me when I was too young to know what was happening, and I will never forget it. But parents should have more common sense.
Lisa November 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM
The toddler had the infant in the LOCKED bathroom? One word: neglect. Also, shouldn't it read the toddler was playing (or torturing) with the baby and not the other way around?
Pam Marshall November 28, 2012 at 01:40 AM
This is a lesson in the importance of parental supervision, but I hardly think this is neglect. Accidents happen and there is not always someone to blame. Kids can do dumb things in a quick second and it is unfortunate but they *all* seem to be fascinated with door locks. The toddler needs to be clearly taught that the bathroom is for personal business and not a play room, but it is virtually impossible to watch children every single second of the day.


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