9-month-old still strapped in stroller pulled from West Chester pond, hospitalized

WEST CHESTER, Ohio - A 9-month-old girl was pulled from a West Chester retention pond Monday and rushed to a nearby hospital.

The infant was still strapped in her stroller when Butler County Sheriff's Office Dive Team officials found her under 10 feet of water near the 8400 block of Windy Harbor Way.

Emergency crews were called to the scene just before 2 p.m. after reports of a possible drowning.

A young girl doing her homework nearby called police after hearing screams.

"I heard someone screaming and shouting so I told my mom that and then we came out and saw that there was (someone) swimming in the pond," the child said.

Officials performed CPR on the infant and rushed her to Cincinnati Children's Medical Center Liberty Campus. She was then transported to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Authorities did not know her current condition but said she was under the water for about 30 minutes.

Deputies said the infant fell into the pond while members of her family were out for a walk. Multiple people were looking for her when emergency crews arrived.

West Chester Assistant Fire Chief Mike Mays said officials have hope the infant will survive because of the way the human body reacts to cold water.

The reaction, known as the mammalian diving reflex, delays brain damage during prolonged periods in cold water.

"With cold water there's always hope." Mays said.

WCPO's Amy Wadas contributed to this report.

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