Toddler hospitalized after being left alone in bathtub

Capt. Jeff Topping
Capt. Jeff Topping

Georgetown, IN - By Marisela Burgos - bio | email   
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GEORGETOWN, IN (WAVE) - A southern Indiana toddler is in critical condition at Kosair Children's Hospital after police says he was left unattended in a bathtub.

On May 26, Floyd County Police were called to a home at 1548 Edwardsville-Galena Road in Georgetown at 12:22 p.m. Captain Jeff Topping said the call was made by a man, later identified as the live-in boyfriend of the child's mother. Dispatchers instructed the man to perform CPR on the 18-month-old baby boy until help arrived. When the first officers got to the home, Topping said the child was unresponsive and not breathing.

Officers took over CPR until the Georgetown Fire Department and an ambulance arrived. The child, whose name has not been released, was first taken to Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany and later transported to Kosair Children's Hospital.

According to Topping, there were other children at the home at the time. Neighbor Monika Fuchs said she does not know the live-in boyfriend well, but had gotten to know the children's mother over the past two years. Fuchs said the boyfriend takes care of the kids when their mother is working.

"I know she adores her children," said Fuchs. "I can't even imagine, seriously, as her being the mother to those young children. This has got to be frightening for her."

Fuchs was not home when officers were called to her neighbor's house to help the 18-month-old baby boy.

"[I'm sure it was not on purpose," Fuchs said. "You take your eyes off a kid for a couple of seconds and that's all it takes. I can't even imagine what this is doing to that family."

The last time Fuchs interacted with the young mom and her children was about two weeks ago when the kids came over to Fuchs house to play in the yard.

"She'll come over once in a while with the kids," Fuchs said. "They're rambunctious as all kids are at that age."

Fuchs aid her heart goes out to the family and she planned to call the mother to see how they are doing.

The Floyd County Sheriff's Department is continuing their investigation, but have not filed any charges. Topping said they are working closely with the Georgetown Police Department and Child Protective Services.

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