Child 'Critical' After West Columbus Pond Rescue


UPDATED: Saturday May 11, 2013 11:36 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Authorities said a toddler fell into a pond at a west side apartment complex on Saturday afternoon.

Neighbors told 10TV that the two year old, his twin brother and their mother had just returned to the complex from a trip to the store around 3 p.m., when the mother lost sight of the boy while she was unloading groceries.

Witnesses said the woman, who was visiting Columbus from Missouri with her sons, frantically started running door to door on Farmhouse Lane, searching and asking for help.

A community effort began to find the child.

Ahmed Nasim said he spotted the child in the water.

"I just pulled the boy and basically, this was my first time doing something like this. So I was kind of a little bit scared. Nervous," Nasim said.

Another neighbor, Guled Dayeb, said he saw several people performing CPR on the boy, including his mother, until paramedics arrived.

The boy was taken in critical condition to Doctors Hospital. From there, he was taken to Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Some neighbors said the problem lies deeper than just this one emergency.

“We're all shocked, like all the families that lives in here, who has kids. I always worry about the water because we need a fence,” said neighbor Naimo Mohamed.

“I really wish they would get something around these retention ponds. I don't know how many lives it has to take or how many kids there has to be,” said neighbor Victoria Borbridge.

Neighbors tell 10TV they will address the issue of the lack of fencing around the ponds with the apartment complex management.

No new details about the boy’s condition were being released Saturday night.

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