NILES - A 1-year-old girl who fell into a relative's swimming pool in Weathersfield on Thursday was released Friday from Akron Children's Hospital.
Jennifer Mayfield of Niles said her daughter, Chloe, is in good condition and was hospitalized overnight as a precaution and for observation.
Mayfield said she believes her daughter had been in the swimming pool at a relative's home on Ridgewood Avenue for about a minute when someone noticed the child had fallen into the water.
Weathersfield police reported they were called to the home about 3 p.m. in reference to an infant drowning. They said when they arrived, the girl was breathing and crying loudly. Paramedics at the scene indicated the child was in stable condition, according to a Weathersfield police report.
The report states several family members were at the home for a Fourth of July holiday party.
The girl's father, Joseph Myers, 34, also of Niles, told police he had been cooking food on a grill about 50 feet from the pool and had not been paying attention. However, he realized his daughter had fallen into the above- ground pool.
A relative jumped into the pool and pulled the child from the water. She was taken to St. Joseph Health Center in Warren but later taken by helicopter to Akron. Mayfield said the girl was taken to Akron because Akron Children's in Boardman was full.
"She was bluish but she started coughing right away and started breathing," Mayfield explained. "We know how fortunate we are. It could have been so much worse. We are very blessed. It's so important to be careful, especially with swimming pools and children."