By HERALD STAFF A woman whose 2-year-old daughter nearly drowned in a backyard pool on Monday has been charged with child neglect, according to Cranston Police. Jacqueline Ciccone, 36, has been released on personal recognizance with a next scheduled
A woman whose 2-year-old daughter nearly drowned in a backyard pool on Monday has been charged with child neglect, according to Cranston Police.
Jacqueline Ciccone, 36, has been released on personal recognizance with a next scheduled court of appearance on Aug. 5.
In a statement, Cranston Police said officers responded to a Westcott Avenue home at approximately 2 p.m. Monday to assist Fire Department personnel after a young child was found “unresponsive and face down in a swimming pool located in the backyard.”
Police allege Ciccone had left the 2-year-old, along with other children ages 1 and 3, in the supervision of her 11-year-old daughter. Ciccone was “in the basement doing laundry and smoking marijuana,” police allege,” when the 11-year-old told her the 2-year-old was missing.
“Ms. Ciccone then ran upstairs and observed the infant lying face down in the swimming pool through a bedroom window,” the statement from police reads. “A next-door neighbor who is a registered nurse in the military heard the screams and ran over to assist by providing CPR to the infant who was not breathing and displayed discolored extremities. She was able to resuscitate the child and locate a weak pulse.”
Police say rescue personnel arrived at the scene “immediately” and took the child to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, where she remained in intensive care as of Monday.
“It is believed the child had been in the water less than 10 minutes before being pulled from the pool and likely would not have survived if it wasn’t for the swift actions of the neighbor who performed CPR,” the statement continues.
Police say members of the department’s Special Victims Unit led the investigation. The state Department of Children Youth, and Families was notified, the statement reads, while the other children are currently in their father’s custody. Police say city code inspectors were due to visit the home on Tuesday, and that the swimming pool was not fenced in.
“This time of year, it is critical that children are never left supervised around any body of water, including neighborhood swimming pools,” Chief of Police Col. Michael Winquist said in a statement. “We are praying that the infant who nearly drowned responds to medical treatment and makes a full recovery. If it weren’t for the swift and heroic action of a neighbor, we would likely be mourning the death of this child.”