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Jackson Toddler Dies After Accidental Bathtub Drowning

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UPDATE 7:00 a.m. Saturday

A Jackson two-year-old has died after accidentally drowning in a bathtub. The child was receiving treatment at a local hospital before he died, Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart said.

Knowledge Ducksworth's death is being called accidental. Charges are not expected to be filed against a family member, Jackson Police said Friday evening.

The near-drowning happened around 3:00 Friday afternoon. JPD, Jackson Fire Department and AMR responded to a drowning call at the Cedar Crest Apartments. They arrived to find a two-year-old unresponsive.

The child was breathing when he was rushed from the scene in an ambulance.

"I was like 'Oh my God, I hope the child will be ok'," says Dorothy Bracey, who lives across the street from the apartment complex.

AMR was able to revive the boy on the scene, but he needed immediate medical attention. Friday evening, he was under the watchful eye of doctors at Batson.

We went back to the scene Friday night to talk with parents in the area.

"Seemed like she's a good mom," says Bracey about the child's mother. "She had those three boys with her all the time."

Incidents like this remind parents the importance of knowing what to do if your child is drowning.

"You need to quickly get him out of the tub," says Michelle Harris, who also lives in the area. "At least lay him flat. Some cases, you can elevate the head, but you've got to at least hammock it or something to try and get the lungs clear of water."

"You shouldn't put enough water to cover a child's face if he's laying down in the tub," says Bracey. "You should never put that much water in the tub."

People are wondering why the mom of this little boy left him alone in the tub to begin with. Police haven't answered that just yet, but we do know she called 911 immediately, and that saved this toddler's life.

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Police tell us that the 2 year old was in the bathtub, and the mother stepped away for a second. When she returned, the baby was unresponsive and she called 911. AMR was able to revive him and he was rushed to CMMC, then immediately sent him to UMC.

Right now, his condition is unknown and it's not clear if the mother will face any charges.

 

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