Baby nearly drowns in bathtub

April 20, 2009 2:50:09 PM PDT
A Channelview family is waiting for word about the condition of a 10-month-old boy who nearly drowned in a bathtub. Emergency crews were called to the family's home near Ferness at Willersley.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Around lunch time, a grandmother was bathing her 10-month-old grandson, who family members tell us is Jorge Garcia. Authorities say the baby was in the water with the water running when the grandmother, who identified herself to Eyewitness News as Eva Galicia, was distracted. Authorities say it had only been a moment, but when Galicia checked on the baby, he had already been submerged in the water.

Galicia ran outside screaming for help. Help was called, but by then authorities say Galicia was already in a car driving the baby to a nearby fire station.

"One of the neighbors called 911," said Investigator Mario Quintanilla with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. "She was frantic, the grandmother. I guess she believed the ambulance wasn't here quick enough. There's an ambulance service about a half mile from the residence, so she was driving that way when she met up with the ambulance half way."

Life Flight landed at a nearby neighborhood community center. Jorge was loaded onto Life Flight and taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital. At last check, he was listed in very critical condition. His mother is with him at the hospital, but family members tell Eyewitness News they haven't heard an update from her.

There has been no official ruling, but as it stands right now, authorities say this appears to be a very tragic accident. They say the case is still under investigation.

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