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N.J. sheriff’s deputy rescues 4-year-old from lake

A nearby sheriff’s deputy was notified about a girl who was under water; the deputy jumped in to pull the girl out and performed CPR on the child


Essex County Parks and Rec

By Jeff Goldman

NEWARK, N.J. — A 4-year-old girl who wandered into the lake in Branch Brook Park in Newark on Monday evening was rescued by her mother and a sheriff’s deputy, officials said.

The girl’s condition is “promising,” though assessments on her are expected to take two to three days, the Essex County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

The girl and her siblings were at a playground with their mother at about 6:30 p.m. Monday when the woman noticed her 4-year-old was missing, officials said. The mom quickly notified a sheriff’s deputy who was nearby.

The mother then saw her daughter submerged in the lake after first noticing the girl’s scooter in the road by the boathouse, officials said. She and the sheriff’s officer jumped into the lake to pull the girl out before the officer performed CPR on the child, authorities said.

The sheriff’s deputies then rushed the child to a nearby University Hospital.

“I commend our officers for the quick actions taken at the scene, the outcome of this situation could have been dire,” Essex County Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura said. “The actions taken by our officers directly (contributed) to the child’s current promising condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family for a swift and full recovery.”

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