Mother charged after girl, 3, nearly drowns in Ephrata Community Pool


EPHRATA, Pa. (WHTM) – Police have filed charges against the mother of a 3-year-old girl rescued by lifeguards at the Ephrata Community Pool earlier this summer.

Casilda Barrera de Rodriguez, 42, of Lebanon, is charged with a felony count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Ephrata police say Barrera de Rodriguez left her daughter unattended in the toddler pool on June 1 when she walked about 85 feet away to talk to her husband.

The child, who was not wearing floatation devices and could not swim, was found face down and unresponsive in the main pool a short time later. The depth where the girl was found is three feet.

Lifeguards rescued and resuscitated the child, who received additional treatment at a hospital and has recovered.

“This is a reminder to everyone. When you take your children out, be very protective of them,” Ephrata police Chief Bill Harvey said.

Police said the toddler pool is connected to the main pool by a waterway that is 6 feet wide. They said supervision is required to ensure that children who cannot swim do not enter the main pool.

“You can’t let your guard down when dealing with children, especially when they are in a strange environment, a new environment,” Harvey said.

Barrera de Rodriguez was arraigned Tuesday before a district judge then released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

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