Barton County 18-month-old in critical condition after found in pool unconscious


LAMAR, Mo. — The Barton County Sheriff provides more detail and corrects misinformation from his previous social media post.

I have received numerous calls in regards to inaccurate information that was posted on the Barton County sheriff’s office Facebook page.

First and foremost I want to take this opportunity to sincerely apologize for that inaccurate information that was released. At this time I would like to correct and update the information that was prematurely released.

On August 12, 2019 at approximately 7:10 p.m. the Barton County 911 Dispatch Center received a 911 call in reference to a child that was found unresponsive in an above ground swimming pool. Family members removed the child from the swimming pool and called 911. First responders and Deputies were dispatched to the residence, which is located south of the intersection of 43 Highway and 126 highways in Barton County. 
Prior to any First Responders arriving Family members performed CPR on the Child. When emergency responders arrived on scene life saving measures were provided by paramedics from the Barton County Ambulance. 
The child was transported to Via Christie hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas by the Barton County Ambulance and a short time later was transported to Children’s Mercy in Kansas City and is in critical condition.
At this time the family asks that you keep them in their prayers during this horrible tragedy. 
The Barton County Sheriff contacted the Missouri State Highway Patrol to investigate the incident. The incident has been ruled as a tragic accident and no further criminal investigation is being sought. 
If anybody has any further questions in regards to the investigation, they may contact Trooper John Lueckenhoff with the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 417-895-6868.

Sheriff Mitchell Shaw would like to thank the responding agencies who answered the call to this tragic event. 
Deputy Sheriff William Weiser, Barton County Ambulance, Jasper Fire Department, and the Liberal Fire Department.

Barton County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page

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