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Deputies perform CPR on Palmdale toddler

May 12, 2012 |  8:51 pm

Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies on patrol saved the life of a 15-month-old toddler who was not breathing at a home near Palmdale on Saturday morning.

The family, in the community of Littlerock, had called 911 after the boy’s 16-year-old brother found him face down in some grass near a swimming pool and not breathing shortly after 10 a.m., according to a Los Angeles County sheriff’s report.

Deputies Todd Shaffer and Jason Towne were driving by on the same street when the call came in and sped to the house. They began cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the boy.

Paramedics arrived and continued CPR on the boy in the ambulance, while the deputies used their lights and sirens to block traffic to help rush the child to the hospital.

Later, the family told deputies that a 9-year-old family member with a developmental disability had taken the baby into the pool, according to the report.

 -- Sam Quinones