Child drowns: Dispatcher guides mother on CPR

HASTINGS, Fla. -- A call no parent wants to make: their child is found lifeless in a swimming pool. It happened last week in St. Johns County in rural Flagler Estates and ended in tragedy as 22 month old Carter Sherwood died.

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The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office released on Monday the ten minute conversation the 911 dispatcher had with the toddler's mother who repeatedly said, "Please hurry, I cannot lose my baby."

The little boy was found in the family's above ground pool. Investigators say the toddler was missing for almost ten minutes.

"I promise you they (paramedics) are coming to you as quickly as they can," said the female dispatcher in a calm and reassuring voice.

The toddler's mother was on the phone with the dispatcher while neighbors who had rushed to help with CPR training attended to the little boy.

The dispatcher guided them on what to do.

"Listen to me carefully," she said.

"I want you to put the heel of your hand on the center of his chest right in between his nipples and I need you to push down hard and fast, at least two inches deep and allow the chest to return to its normal position between each pump," instructed the dispatcher.

The toddler was taken to Flagler Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The manner of death was ruled accidental by the medical examiner.


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