Woman charged after lifeguard rescue of child, 3 at pool


EPHRATA, Pa. (AP) — A woman has been charged with child endangerment after lifeguards had to rescue a 3-year-old from a Pennsylvania pool.

Authorities in Lancaster County say the child was in the toddler pool when they allege 42-year-old Casilda Barrera de Rodriguez walked away to talk to a relative June 1 at Ephrata Community Pool.

Police say the toddler, who couldn’t swim and wasn’t wearing a flotation device, was found face-down in the main pool, which is connected to the toddler pool.

Lifeguards rescued and resuscitated the child, who was taken to a hospital for additional care. The pool ‘s website says children under 10 must be supervised.

Court documents don’t list a defense attorney. A listed number for Barrera de Rodriguez couldn’t be found Wednesday; a number at her address rang unanswered.

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