CPS Removes Children After Infant Drowning - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/4/07

CPS Removes Children After Infant Drowning

NewsChannel 11 has learned the siblings and cousins of a Lubbock infant, who drowned Wednesday, are now in the custody of Child Protective Services. CPS is doing its own investigation into the drowning, parallel to Lubbock Police.

They tell us they've placed the infant's two siblings and three cousins in foster care until their investigation is complete, and until they can ensure the children's safety. 

We've also learned the infant was in the bathtub with two of her cousins, ages one and two, when she drowned, and that her uncle made the 911 call.

Here's a piece of that phone call:

Operator: "Is she in the bathroom?  Where is she drowning at?
Caller: "In the tub."
Operator: "Okay, do you have her out of the tub?"
Caller: "Yes we do."
Operator: "Is she breathing?"
Caller: "No, she's not breathing at all."

Operator: "Do you know how to do CPR?"
Caller: "Yes, they're doing it on her right now."
Operator: "Do they know how?"
(screaming)

Operator: "Okay, who is that?"
Caller: Her mom."
Operator: "Is she the one doing CPR?"
Caller: "Yes."
Operator: "Okay, get somebody else to do CPR then.  
(screaming)
Operator: Let's get her out of the room...
(screaming)
Operator: "Tell her to get out of the room. I know it's hard, but you've got to get her out because we've got to get this done, okay, so we can save this baby."

At that point the caller says he and his wife take over CPR.  They continued until EMS arrived, but the child was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The victim has been identified as Kimyana Licon.

CPS says they had to remove two children from the aunt's home back in 2004 due to allegations of neglectful supervision.  After working with counselors and other programs, CPS reunited the family in March.  They say the family was doing very well, until Wednesday's incident.

No charges have been filed, and police say it could be late next week or even longer before we know if any will be filed.

In the meantime, the medical examiner completed an autopsy on the infant Thursday afternoon, but those results have not been released.

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