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Police: 1-year-old baby dies after drowning incident at Holland women's shelter

The initial incident happened Aug. 10. The baby was rushed to a hospital after a drowning incident and placed on life support. The baby died Aug. 23, police say.
Credit: WZZM

HOLLAND, Michigan — Holland first responders are investigating a drowning incident involving a 1-year-old child at the Holland Gateway Mission Women & Children's Center on Aug. 10.

The Holland Department of Public Safety received a call that a baby had drowned at the shelter on Fairbanks around 7 p.m. 

When first responders arrived, they found someone already performing CPR on the child. Officers took over CPR and rushed the child to other first responders. Medics transferred the child to a local hospital.

The baby was put on life support, and died on Aug. 23.

Investigators have learned that someone was giving the 1-year-old child a bath prior to the call.

This incident is under investigation by detectives and Child Protective Services. After the investigation is complete, the findings will be given to the Ottawa County Prosecutor's Office to decide if charges will be filed.

Gateway Mission is a faith-based organization that provides emergency services for those experiencing homelessness in West Michigan.

The organization has two separate emergency shelters: One for women and children on Fairbanks Avenue in Holland, and another for men on South River Avenue in Holland. 

Credit: WZZM

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