Mom charged after child nearly drowns in hot tub


Two resort workers are credited with saving the life of a 3-year-old boy who nearly drowned Sunday in a Daytona Beach, Florida hot tub.

And it was all caught on camera.

“We’re just praying that the baby lives through this. This is very serious, the baby is not out of danger.”

Police say it’s a miracle the boy was revived after being pulled from the resort hot tub and administered CPR.

By our count using the surveillance video clock, he was under water for 2 minutes 12 seconds.

“We caught something on the camera and we came running.”

That’s the maintenance man on the phone with 911 after a desk clerk getting ready to close the hot tub, saw the twin boys on camera seemingly unattended.

The other adults in the hot tub were unrelated to the children and didn’t notice when the twin not wearing water wings slipped in.

“She actually saw the baby slide into the hot tub and nothing, nobody was watching and she alerted the maintenance man,” Stephan Dembinsky said.

Police say the twin’s father had left the children with their mother Apryl Connolly, 36, of Deltona, seen here under arrest, while he packed their belongings.

Investigators say the mother was sitting at a table some distance away, allegedly under the influence of narcotics and alcohol.

“It was pretty obvious she was highly intoxicated and she wasn’t watching and one of the children slipped into the hot tub and went under immediately.”

Police say as others performed CPR on Connolly’s son, the mother was seen taking something from her purse and throwing it into the trash, allegedly a narcotic pill.

This is all Connolly said as she was led away.

“I was definitely watching my son, I turned around for two seconds, I have twins.”

“This is a 3-year-old child that can’t look out for themselves, these are parents with twins and somebody should have been watching that child at all times,” Dembinsky said.

Police said in addition to a charge of felony child neglect, Connolly was also charged with destroying evidence.

As for the 3-year-old, his condition has dramatically improved, and he is expected to be released from the hospital later this week.

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