Baby left in bathtub with running water by mom in critical condition

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – A 6-month-old boy is listed in critical condition after being left in a bathtub alone for up to five minutes.

Rescue crews responded to an apartment complex located near Seventh Street and Bell Road at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Two officers patrolling the area arrived first on the scene and began to administer CPR to the baby.

The child was taken via ambulance to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. According to a Phoenix fire captain, the baby did not have a pulse and was not breathing on his own at the time he was transported.

The baby's mother was present in the third-story apartment at the time of the near drowning. She reportedly put the child in the bathtub and went to check her e-mail. The boy was alone for about three to five minutes with the water running.

Police say they were told the baby likes to play with the running water with the drain open. However, somehow the drain stopper activated and the tub filled with water, according to Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson.

When the mother found the child in the bathtub filled with water, she rushed the baby downstairs where two workers at the complex also administered CPR before rescue crews arrived.

This case remains under investigation.