Toddler should recover after near-drowning in pond

LAWRENCEVILLE - Authorities say a toddler found floating lifelessly in a Lawrenceville pond Monday morning is expected to recover.

Doctors in Atlanta reported the 21-month-old boy, whose name has not been released, opened his eyes Wednesday, police said.

"Preliminary reports are saying, as of right now, there does not appear to be any long-term injuries," Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman said.

The toddler was airlifted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite after his grandmother, Rena Tarbutton, found him about 11 a.m. floating in a wooded pond near her Billy McGee Road home, police said. The boy was breathing but unconscious hours after Tarbutton, his caretaker, pulled him from the pond and administered CPR, police said.

Spellman said charges have not been brought against the caretaker.

Police said Tarbutton was in charge of watching eight home-schooled children Monday, ages 2 to 16. She called the children inside and noticed the youngest was missing. She sent the others to search nearby woods while she checked the pond, where she found the child floating, police said.

Crews resuscitated the child during an ambulance transport to Gwinnett Medical Center, before he was airlifted to Atlanta. Spellman was unsure Wednesday if the child had been released from hospital care.