• 5-year-old boy taken to hospital after near drowning

    By: Mark Becker


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A child was taken to a hospital after a near drowning Monday afternoon, according to officials.

    The incident happened in the 4900 block of Central Avenue. The child, who police said was 5 years old, was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Main with life-threatening injuries.

    Channel 9 spoke with a woman who was at the pool with her grandchildren.

    She said there were about 10 kids in the pool, and she and one other woman were the only adults.

    She did not want to be on camera but told me that she helped ball that little boy out of the pool and start CPR.

    “I heard a child screaming saying, ‘Get him get him!’ So I looked up and I see a child floating,” she said. “He wasn't breathing. He was just turning blue around his eyes and I thought I wasn't doing enough to help him so I want to get more help because there weren't no more adults at the pool.”

    She knocked on that double door over there and got a maintenance man to come and help do CPR on the little boy and call 911.
    Channel 9 spoke with police and they told me that when they got here that boy had a pulse and was breathing.

    His mother went to the hospital with him and he appeared to be alive.

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