Rochester Officer Performs CPR on Baby: Child in Critcial Condition

Updated: 07/21/2014 5:20 PM
Created: 07/21/2014 4:18 PM

(ABC 6 News) - A newborn baby was severely hurt in a car accident in Rochester this weekend. And now, one Rochester Police Lieutenant says parents might be able to learn something from the tragic accident.

According to the Rochester Police Department, the accident happened at the intersection of Marion Road and 12th Street Southeast around 2:00 Sunday afternoon. A mother was trying to turn left onto Marion Road, when another vehicle hit her car on the rear-passenger side, the same seat where her 1-month-old baby was sitting.

"I happened to be out on a patrol car in that area. And I heard a loud bang, crash," said Lt. Tom Kaase. He was the first on the scene. Once he realized the baby was hurt, he jumped right in with CPR.

"It's the type of accident you never want to go to," said Kaase.

The baby was sent to the hospital in critical condition. But Lieutenant Kaase says this incident may help other parents when it comes to car seats.

"In this case, the child was seated in the rear passenger part of the passenger side side in a car seat. Even myself, that's where I place my grandson," said Lt. Kaase.

He says, had the baby's seat been placed in the middle, instead of the side, the outcome may have been different.

"There's called a crumple zone, where there's a side impact, where the side of the vehicle comes in. Well, if you're seated in the middle, you've got that extra space around you, that barrier. And it can make a difference," said Lt. Kaase.

That baby suffered head injuries, and a traumatic brain injury, and is still in critical condition. The man who was driving the other vehicle was also sent to the hospital with a possible neck injury. 

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