20-month-old nearly drowns in pool

A 20-month-old who nearly drowned Thursday in an above-ground pool at her Seymour home remains hospitalized in Louisville but may be able to come home sometime within the week, police report.

According to a report from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Sabrina Jacobson was pulled from the pool in the 7400 block of North U.S. 31 by Tina Anderson, who had been watching the girl and her 5-year-old brother.

Anderson tried to administer CPR to the child, although she had never done so before, Lt. Andy Wayman said.

John Long, an off-duty Brownstown police officer who was about a half-mile away, responded and administered rescue breaths to the child until an ambulance crew could arrive, Wayman said.

While en route to the hospital, emergency workers reported the girl was breathing and crying, Wayman said.

Late Friday, Jackson County Detective Bob Lucas said family members told police the child was responding well to therapy at Kosair Children’s Hospital and may be able to come home sometime next week.

He said everyone who participated in pulling the girl from the water and giving her aid deserves credit for helping make it possible for her to come home.

Wayman said Anderson told police she had been working outside in the yard and watching the kids, and when she looked up, the girl was gone. That’s when she looked in the pool.

The deck of the above-ground pool is accessible by a ladder, Wayman said.

Jacobson and her brother, who are the children of Phillip Jacobson and Renee Lewis of Columbus, live with their grandparents, Billy and Evelyn Stout. Anderson also lives with the Stouts, who were inside the house.

Jackson County Officer Adam Nicholson responded to the scene just in time to catch the Jackson County Emergency Medical Services crew pulling out of the driveway to take the girl to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Wayman said.

“He turned around and escorted the ambulance to the hospital,” Wayman said.

The girl was treated at Schneck before being flown to Louisville by StatFlight.

Lucas and Officer Dustin Steward also responded to the scene, Wayman said. The incident was reported at 4:42 p.m.

Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.