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.

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