June 21, 2018
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Farmingdale boy, 2, taken to hospital with no brain activity after accident in family swimming pool

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

FARMINGDALE, Maine — A 2-year-old boy is in critical condition after a swimming accident at his Farmingdale home Thursday, according to officials.

Cody Campbell had no pulse at the scene, according to a news release from Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty. A pulse, but no brain activity, was later detected at the hospital, according to the release.

A nursing supervisor at Maine Medical Center in Portland confirmed Thursday evening that Cody was in critical condition, but could not release further details.

The boy’s mother, Karla Campbell, was home with Cody and her two other children and two of their friends when the incident happened, according to the release.

Karla couldn’t find Cody in the house and went to find him, the release stated, and found him face-down in the family’s above-ground swimming pool.

Karla subsequently dove in and tried unsuccessfully to revive her son, according to the release.

Augusta paramedics were attempting to revive Cody Campbell when Kennebec County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene on Northern Avenue shortly after 7:45 a.m.

The boy was taken to MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta and then by LifeFlight to Maine Medical Center.

Liberty added that foul play was unlikely in the incident.

Correction: Due to contradictory information provided by officials, an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the boy was dead.

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