Liberty Township toddler almost drowns in bucket of water

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A toddler nearly drowned in a bucket of water Sunday morning in a home on Sanibel Drive in Liberty Township.

The 1-year-old girl fell head first into the bucket when her mother was in another room, the Butler County Sheriff's Office said.

Riddhi Patel, 33, told deputies her daughter walked into the bathroom by herself at about 11:20 a.m. as Patel took care of another child. The mother said the toddler was alone for 4 to 5 minutes, before she was found in the water and unresponsive.

The father pulled his daughter from the bucket, called 911 immediately and followed CPR instructions over the phone, deputies said.

The little girl was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, where she was stabilized.

Butler County Sheriff's deputies continue to investigate the incident.

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