Cranston mom billed right after toddler nearly drowns in swimming pool

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) ─ Law enforcement say a two-year-aged is recovering in the healthcare facility immediately after nearly drowning in a Cranston swimming pool on Monday afternoon.

The girl’s mom, Jacqueline Ciccone, 36, Cranston, has been charged with child neglect, according to Cranston Law enforcement Chief Col. Michael Winquist.

Officers responded to a Westcott Avenue residence about 2 p.m. on Monday right after the toddler was located confront down in the backyard swimming pool. Police informed 12 News the baby climbed up a ladder and into the above-floor pool.

Winquist mentioned Ciccone told officers she’d remaining the toddler less than the supervision of her 11-yr-outdated daughter, along with her 3 other siblings.

Ciccone stated she was carrying out laundry in the basement and smoking cigarettes marijuana when her daughter ran downstairs and instructed her she couldn’t discover her sister, according to Winquist.

When Ciccone went to examine, Winquist mentioned she looked by means of a window and saw her daughter in the pool.

1 of Ciccone’s neighbors, who’s a registered nurse, ran around to enable. Winquist said the neighbor done CPR on the little one and was able to resuscitate her.

The toddler was rushed to Hasbro Children’s Hospital the place she was originally despatched to the Intense Treatment Unit.

“This time of calendar year, it is critical that children are under no circumstances left unsupervised all-around any entire body of h2o, such as community swimming pools,” he said. “If it weren’t for the swift and heroic action of a neighbor, we would probably be mourning the demise of this baby.”

Maj. Todd Patalano said the incident must provide as a stark reminder that parents can’t depart their little ones unsupervised.

“These things come about within just seconds, as we know, and this kid was in the pool anyplace, we estimate amongst 3 and four minutes, and that is a extensive time,” Patalano mentioned.

Ciccone was arrested and billed with a person rely of youngster neglect. She was released on private recognizance Monday night and is scheduled to look in court docket on Aug. 5 for a bail review.

Ciccone’s other four little ones are now in the custody of their father.

The Rhode Island Division of Little ones, Youth and Family members was notified, and a spokesperson for the agency verified they are actively investigating the incident along with law enforcement.

Winquist claimed the swimming pool is not fenced in as required, and city code inspectors would be having a nearer appear at the residence on Tuesday.

According to Cranston’s Code of Ordinances, a non-public swimming pool is “declared to be an accent use in a household district and shall conform to the suitable aspect, entrance and rear property necessities of the unique residential district in which it is found delivered, even so, that any filter and pump shall be located not a lot less than fifteen (15) feet from the side property line.”

The pursuing exceptions shall apply:

  1. Previously mentioned ground pools which are up to and which includes fifteen (15) toes by 20-five (25) ft rectangular, eighteen (18) feet diameter round or twelve (12) feet by 20-4 (24) feet oval, which are situated on lots that are fewer than six thousand (6,000) square feet or that have less than sixty (60) ft of frontage, may perhaps have a minimal facet property setback of three feet and a bare minimum rear property setback of 5 toes.

2. Below ground pools which are up to and like sixteen (16) ft by thirty-two (32) feet rectangular which are found on a lot that are less than 6 thousand (6,000) square ft or that have considerably less than sixty (60) ft of frontage may possibly have a bare minimum 3 foot aspect property setback and five foot rear setback.

In accordance to the R.I. Section of Health’s swimming pool and spa rules, there should be an “effective barrier bordering the h2o place, as properly as entrapment security for suction shops to decrease the opportunity for drowning of younger small children.”

The regulations be aware “the operational element of pool filtration and circulation units have been thoroughly altered to supply systems that would avoid these types of entrapment of young children (tiny persons) that had resulted in tragic fatalities.”