Toddler taken to hospital after falling into retention pond

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A 20-month-old toddler is doing okay after a falling into a retention pond near her home. It happened in the 6800 block of Glenn Meade Drive at around 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Neighbors said the incident is a powerful reminder of how deceivingly dangerous those retention ponds can be.

“[It’s] shocking and a little worrying because it’s a little child,” said Dawn Smith who lives nearby.

She and her daughter like taking walks around the retention pond. They try to be extra careful, though, especially when they’re with Dawn’s 5-year-old granddaughter.

“We went there yesterday, I had to back her up a little bit so she wouldn’t fall,” said Hayley Dewitt, Dawn’s daughter.

Police say the 20-month-old toddler was out playing in the sandbox. The family was getting ready for a grill-out when she fell into the pond.

Adults quickly scooped her out and began performing CPR. She was conscious and breathing when authorities arrived.

With little fencing, and steep hills, Dawn is always concerned about being too close to the water. With the weather getting warmer, Smith hopes kids and families stay safe.

“There’s just nothing there really except signs saying no swimming and no fishing,” said Smith. “All of a sudden it’s deep and there’s the water. You could easily fall in there.”

The toddler was taken to Riley Hospital for further evaluation.


  • anon

    I'm so glad she was saved right away & they got her breathing quickly! I hate to think if she would've been unsupervised at the time! If I were the homeowners, I would invest in sturdy fencing that can't be climbed & a good padlock for the gate!

    • amom

      I agree with you, but with small children (toddlers) they can be pretty quick on their toes and get into things they shouldn't even with parents around.

      • ClanSmokeJaguar

        Then perhaps the parents need to forbid the child from being out back when not supervised closely. Or better yet, build a fence in their yard.

        Years ago we were looking at homes off Olio and was about to build near a retention pond. The salesman assured us a fence would be put around it…as small one but mentioned I could put one around my home.

        I thought about it and decided it would be simpler not to build there than risk the lives of my children.

  • ClanSmokeJaguar

    >Neighbors said the incident is a powerful reminder of how deceivingly dangerous those retention ponds can be.

    Uhh…it's also a reminder that a 20 month old should not be allowed to roam around unsupervised.

    I like how this story absolves the parents of responsibility and puts in on inanimate sources such as fences and ponds.

    Parents! Step up and watch your children! We all know how slick and fast they are so if they're around hazardous s### then put the spatula down and pay the frak attention to them.

    Jeese! It's just that simple.

  • Guy

    Ban them all! Ban retention ponds, schools, spoons and drivers over 50. They are all dangerous and deadly! But we CAN'T ban parents…….or people's actions……….

  • K-anne

    In my opinion, from what the story says, the toddler was supervised they were having a family cookout, prob only took a few seconds of a turned back for a wobbly toddler to roll down that hill & into the water. Sometimes with a lot of people around it's even harder to watch a toddler, so I dont know if this should be assumed to be a neglect situation…? I have 2 kids & remember how curious & quick they are when they are that age. I'm so happy the baby was saved quickly & it's doing well now!
    But just another reminder to watch your kids the weathers warming up, be extra cautious!!!!!!!!!

  • Nate

    Don’t blame the retention ponds!! Just like people blame guns for violence. Take the retention ponds away to lol. I’m sure they are good parents but they were not watching the child at the time for her to get in the pond. Build a fence if u live on a pond or lake and u have children.

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