Six Year Old Girl Falls Through Ice on Pond
On Saturday, January 30th around 1:30 pm in the afternoon, Barry County First Responders, Ambulance, and Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to 1226 FR 1030 in Monett, Mo for a call of a 6 yr old girl that had fallen through the ice on a pond. Deputy Carl Cosper of the Barry County Sheriff's Office responded to the call. Upon arrival he was met by First Responders who stated that the Ambulance had already taken the girl to the Cox Monett Hospital. Officer Cosper observed a 3 ½ foot hole in the middle of the ice. Prior to the first responders and ambulance's arrival the mother had pulled the little girl out of the pond and began CPR. The girl was life- lined later that day to Cox South in Springfield, where as of Sunday evening was still reported to be in a coma.
Sheriff Mick Epperly cautions all parents to be aware of ponds during icy and snowy weather, and to caution your children to stay away from ponds. Ponds might appear to be frozen but usually not frozen enough that a little weight will break the ice. With freezing temperatures, hypothermia can set in very quickly when your body is exposed to freezing water.