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Largo mother arrested for child neglect after toddler nearly drowns

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Pinellas sheriff's deputies arrested a Largo mother whose 3-year-old son nearly drowned after being left unattended in a hotel pool Saturday afternoon.

Shawn A. Kirby, 34, of 250 Regina Drive S, was charged with child neglect, deputies said.

Deputies said Kirby was at the Holiday Inn Harborside at 401 2nd St. with her son, a female friend and her friend's two children, 7 and 9.

The women told the older children to watch the toddler while they went to get drinks for the children, deputies said. The older children, however, went to a playground area not far from the pool, telling the boy to stay in the shallow end of the pool.

At about 3:30 p.m., witnesses saw the 3-year-old floating in the water and not moving, deputies said. They pulled the child from the water, called 911 and started CPR.

They revived him as paramedics arrived. It was only then that Kirby and her friend came back to the pool and realized what happened, deputies said.

Alert and appearing in good health, the boy was transported to All Children's Hospital for observation, deputies said. He was later released.

Largo mother arrested for child neglect after toddler nearly drowns 03/05/11 [Last modified: Saturday, March 5, 2011 10:42pm]
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