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Woman Arrested After Child Nearly Drowns in City Pool

Andy Berg

A Pennsylvania woman is being charged with child endangerment after her 3-year-old nearly drowned at the Ephrata (Pa.) Community Pool back in June.

According to Lancaster Online, police said Casilda Barrera de Rodriguez walked away from the child at around 5:23 p.m. on June 1 to talk to a relative. They were in the toddler pool at the time.  

The child was found unresponsive and face down in the main pool shortly after she walked away, according to police.

Lifeguards were able to resuscitate the child, who was taken to the hospital and has made a full recovery.

Police said Barrera de Rodriguez failed to supervise her child, noting that the pool’s rules require children under 10 years old to be “supervised at all times by a responsible person age 16 or over.”

The child could not swim and was not wearing any flotation devices.

Barrera de Rodriguez is free on $5,000 unsecured bail, pending an August 26 hearing.

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