Video shows drowning toddler saved by quick-thinking 9-year-old and her heroic godmother

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
Video: 9-year-old helps save drowning toddler
Surveillance show how quickly a toddler loses control and ends up sinking to the bottom of a swimming pool. Thankfully a nearby 9-year-old saw what happened and alerted her godmoth

LIVONIA, Mich. -- A quick-thinking 9-year-old is being called a hero for alerting adults to a deadly danger at a Holiday Inn Express Pool.

Dozens of people were enjoying the hotel pool on Jan. 24 in Livonia, Michigan.

Surveillance video shows a toddler sink to the bottom of the pool.

"He's trying to swim. He's trying to get in a position to get upright. There's a lot of people playing. I think he gets lost in the confusion," Capt. Ron Taig said to WXYZ.

About four minutes later, a young girl notices him. She immediately alerts her godmother, who jumps in the pool and pulls the toddler to safety.

Coincidentally, there was a nurses convention happening at the hotel. Two nearby nurses, jumped into action, performing CPR and helping save the toddler's life.

"It gives you goosebumps see these nurses working on this child. They did multiple rounds of CPR to bring him back," Taig said.

Police said the toddler's mother was at the pool with him. It's unclear if she will face any criminal charges in the case.

Investigators said they released the surveillance video to remind everyone how quickly a fun afternoon can turn tragic.

"Be aware. Watch people. Watch your children," Taig warns. "Because of the confusion and chaos, the child gets too far away. You gotta keep people close."

In addition, the police department nominated the 9-year-old girl, her godmother and the two nurses for the city's highest civilian award.

"From the child that identifies that there's a child at the bottom of the pool, the godmother that jumped in, the nurses that go into action and do what they're trained to do. They're truly the heroes," Taig said.