Lubbock County Investigates Why a Baby Stops Breathing - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/16/04

Lubbock County Investigates Why a Baby Stops Breathing

It was coincidence NewsChannel 11 was at the 911 dispatch center when a mother frantically called 911 to tell them her 17-month-old son, Espiridion Garcia, stopped breathing. At this time he is at Covenant Medical Center in extremely critical condition.

"Ma'am, I need you to call down, OK? I need you to lay the baby down on the table or on some other flat surface..." said Darrell Scroggs, EMS Dispatcher.

911 Dispatchers Work to Save Unconscious Child
Dispatchers worked for several minutes over the phone to try and save the baby's life before Aerocare arrived. Coincidentally, NewsChannel 11 was at the 9-1-1 dispatch center when the call came in.
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On the other end of the phone, a mother who was desperately trying to save her baby's life. "Blow two small breaths of air in his lungs," instructed Scroggs. He was on the phone the whole time trying to help the mother with CPR. The incident happened inside their East Lubbock County home. The baby had stopped breathing and witnesses say the mother called 911 from her next door neighbor's home on Tuesday morning. "I need him to keep doing CPR until we get there," said Scroggs.

AeroCare landed in the front yard of the house and flew the baby to Covenant Medical Center. The baby was put on life support.

Meanwhile, the Lubbock County Sheriff's Department continues its investigation. "Right now, we have notified Child Protective Services. We will be looking into the situation to see if it's a medical problem or if there might be foul play," said Bill Drewell, a Captain with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Department.

Witness Kirby Childres says he watched from two houses down as everything happened. He saw the investigators at the house all afternoon. "I saw (investigators) carrying out some bags, things in paper bags," said Childres.

Captain Drewell says CPS is doing its own investigation to see if the family has a history of child neglect or child abuse. However, at this point, officials are uncertain how this could have happened.

Investigators say the mother was not alone in the house when the incident occurred. There were two young girls that belonged to the woman, ages 2 and 5. Also, a man, who investigators believe was the mother's boyfriend. No arrests have been made.

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