Toddler hospitalized after nearly drowning in pool in NW Bakersfield

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A toddler was hospitalized Sunday after nearly drowning at a residence in Northwest Bakersfield, according to the Bakersfield Police Department. 

Police responded to the home on Nighthawk Lane around 2 p.m. 

When they arrived, the boy’s father was in the front lawn performing CPR on the child, police said. 

The boy was breathing, but unconscious, when he was transported to the hospital, police said.

The father reportedly told police he had looked away for just a moment, before finding his son in the pool. 

Police offered some advice to the public for avoiding a similar situation. 

“You want to have a fenced in pool area, something that has, like, a spring where the gate will automatically close with a latch on it, so that small children can’t access the pool,” Sergeant Louis Wood said. “And then the other part is just making sure that you’re aware of any children, even other than your own, who might be around at that point.” 

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