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UPDATED: Man Allegedly Intoxicated in Child's Near Drowning, Arrested

The little girl was pulled out of the water about 5:20 p.m. in the 44800 block of Las Palmas Avenue, Cal Fire/Riverside County fire officials said.

A toddler nearly drowned July 27, 2013 in a Palm Desert apartment complex pool but bystanders pulled her out and administered CPR. PHOTO: Editor Mirna Alfonso
A toddler nearly drowned July 27, 2013 in a Palm Desert apartment complex pool but bystanders pulled her out and administered CPR. PHOTO: Editor Mirna Alfonso
Updated at 11:58 a.m. July 28, 2013:
A man who was watching a toddler when she slipped off the deck into a Palm Desert pool and nearly drowned was arrested for alleged child endangerment.

Pedro Rangel, 25, of Palm Desert, had been supervising three children -- ages 2 to 6 -- in the pool but the toddler was sitting on the edge while he played with two older children about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Radek Horkel reported.

The child fell into the pool but no one noticed until neighbors at 44830 Las Palmas Ave. spotted the baby unconscious in the water, the sergeant wrote in a news release.

According to Horkel, the neighbors jumped in, pulled the little girl out and administered CPR, officials said.

The girl revived and was taken to a local hospital, the sergeant said.

Rangel was booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility and held in lieu of $35,000 bail, pending a court appearance Wednesday.

Original Story

A toddler was hospitalized Saturday following a near drowning in a Palm Desert apartment complex pool, fire officials said.

The little girl was pulled out of the water about 5:20 p.m. in the 44800 block of Las Palmas Avenue, Cal Fire/Riverside County fire officials said.

Bystanders pulled the child out of the pool and someone administered CPR until firefighters arrived, officials said.

She was taken to a hospital by ambulance, breathing, conscious and in stable condition, information officer Melody Hendrickson said.



Larry S July 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM
A picture of water was the best graphic that could be found for this story?

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