Pr. George’s police officer rescues boy, 3, who nearly strangled

A Prince George’s County police officer performed CPR to help save a 3-year-old boy’s life Thursday afternoon, after the child got tangled in window blind cords at his Accokeek home and stopped breathing, officials said.

Officer Ariel Acosta sped away from a traffic stop after police were dispatched to the 15000 block of Livingston Road about 5p.m., when the boy’s family found him entangled at the home.

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The boy had stopped breathing and had turned blue by the time Acosta arrived, officials said. The 5-year police veteran performed CPR and resuscitated the boy by the time an ambulance crew arrived.

The child was taken to a hospital, where officials said he was alert and talking.

Authorities credit Acosta for saving the child’s life.

“I believe this child would have died if not for the quick response & actions of this police officer,” said Mark Brady, a fire department spokesman.

 
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