Toddler who nearly drowned now doing well

The aunt of a 16-month-old boy who nearly drowned in a bucket of water at her Fruitvale home says the toddler is doing well and should recover fully.

Tessa Miller said Monday that her nephew is in fair condition at Children’s Hospital in Denver and is being held for observation.

“The baby is fine. He has nothing wrong with him,” Miller said.

A previous story incorrectly indicated Miller and her husband, Joshua, were boy’s mother and father.

The toddler was flown to Children’s Hospital on Thursday afternoon after Joshua Miller found the boy face-down in a 5-gallon bucket of water used by the Millers’ dogs.

The boy was initially reported to be unconscious and not breathing, but Joshua Miller and emergency medical personnel performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation and were able to get him breathing again.

Tessa Miller said her mother was at Miller’s Fruivale house babysitting Miller’s children and the toddler, who is the son of Miller’s sister and brother-in-law. The boy’s parents were out of town on their honeymoon.

Miller said she had gone to the grocery store when the accident happened. Her children had gone into the backyard to play and the toddler followed them.

“He slipped out of view for two seconds,” she said. “It’s a horrible thing that has happened. Any baby, as anybody knows, will take off in a split second and you gotta find them.”

Miller said her sister and brother-in-law changed their travel plans and were in Denver within hours of their son’s arrival at the hospital there.


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