NEWBURGH, IN (WFIE) - The child pulled from a pond in Newburgh on Wednesday is in critical condition, according to the Warrick Co. Sheriff’s Office.
It happened in the 3700 block of Arbor Pointe Drive, near the Warrick Trail Apartments, around 7 p.m. Wednesday.
We’re told the child is almost two-years-old.
A sheriff’s deputy told us the child was out of the water when they arrived on the scene and saw family members and bystanders performing CPR. First responders also performed CPR.
A witness told authorities he saw two small children throwing rocks into the water prior to the child being found in the lake.
Jerry Scales lives across the street. He came home to see his road packed with emergency vehicles.
When he heard why, it reminded him of the kids who like to play around the pond while he’s fishing.
“A lot was going through my mind. I like all these little kids around here. I didn’t know the one that fell in the water, but there’s a lot of little kids that live on here that play around here all the time. I didn’t think it was too dangerous, but evidently it is,” says Scales.
Management at Warrick Trail Apartments says they cannot comment on the ongoing investigation.
David Shipley with the Ohio Township Fire Department was one of the first on scene. He said they sent not only a rescue squad, but also a heavy rescue squad because the call came in as a possible water-related incident.
He says both crews arrived at the same time, about 10 firefighters jumping into action. Police were already there performing CPR, so firefighters took over.
Shipley says medics arrived shortly after.
From a medical standpoint, Shipley says responding to a young child uses the same training, just some different tools. But emotionally, it takes a toll.
“We all have kids at home. That in itself puts you in a place. I would say during the incident, you’re so well focused that that’s typically not an issue. During the incident you’re well focused. You know what your job is, and you stay on point with your job. Obviously we all know afterwards that, ‘Could I have done differently?’” says Shipley.
Two cardiac nurses living in Warrick Trail Apartments behind the pond performed CPR on the child until police arrived. Shipley says starting CPR immediately is critical to success and survival.
He credits the nurses and all first responders for acting quickly.
The child is being treated at Deaconess Gateway.
The sheriff’s office is investigating.