Port St. Lucie Police Department investigating near-drowning of young child


An 18-month-old boy in Port St. Lucie is in critical condition after being found without a pulse in a pond near his home.Police said they got the initial call around 4:40 p.m. reporting the child was missing from the home in the 1200 block of SW Bellevue Avenue.When officers arrived, the boy’s father and a neighbor had just pulled the boy from the water and were performing CPR.“The child didn’t have a pulse and wasn’t breathing at the time,” said Port St. Lucie police Assistant Chief Leo Niemczyk. “Officers and other people on scene were able to restore a pulse.”The child was rushed to the hospital.Detectives said the boy’s grandmother had been the one responsible for watching the boy and his two older siblings.“Initial investigation makes it appear as if one of the other children that were in the house possibly opened the door, allowing the 18-month-old out,” Niemczyk said.Police said he hadn’t been gone long before the family noticed he was missing.But it was long enough for him to find the water.The boy is now in critical condition.“We’re just praying for this young boy and hoping we have a happy ending to this story,” Niemczyk said.Niemczyk said they don’t expect to file criminal charges in this case.He called it a tragic accident.Top HeadlinesStay up-to-date: The latest headlines and weather from WPBF 25 Get the latest news updates with the WPBF 25 News app. You can download it here.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. —

An 18-month-old boy in Port St. Lucie is in critical condition after being found without a pulse in a pond near his home.

Police said they got the initial call around 4:40 p.m. reporting the child was missing from the home in the 1200 block of SW Bellevue Avenue.

When officers arrived, the boy’s father and a neighbor had just pulled the boy from the water and were performing CPR.

“The child didn’t have a pulse and wasn’t breathing at the time,” said Port St. Lucie police Assistant Chief Leo Niemczyk. “Officers and other people on scene were able to restore a pulse.”

The child was rushed to the hospital.

Detectives said the boy’s grandmother had been the one responsible for watching the boy and his two…

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