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Babysitter charged in near-drowning of El Mirage 1-year-old, police say

The babysitter was allegedly bathing the 1-year-old when she left the room and went to another part of the home, the El Mirage Police Department said.

EL MIRAGE, Ariz. — A babysitter has been charged with child endangerment after an infant nearly drowned while under her care, according to the El Mirage Police Department.

The babysitter, identified as 49-year-old Cynthia Gaddy, was caring for three children, ages 1, 3 and 7, when the 1-year-old was found underwater in a bathtub, the department said. Paramedics performed life-saving measures and transported the infant to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition.

Gaddy was allegedly bathing the 1-year-old when her attention became divided and went to another part of the house, police said. She found the infant underwater when she returned. Five minutes had passed between when Gaddy left the room and when 911 was called.

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