State trooper helps save Valparaiso toddler's life

2013-05-27T21:30:00Z 2013-05-27T21:47:03Z State trooper helps save Valparaiso toddler's lifeTimes Staff nwitimes.com
May 27, 2013 9:30 pm  • 

LAKE STATION | An Indiana State Police trooper helped revive a 2-year-old girl on the side of Interstate 80/94 on Monday afternoon.

Trooper Dan Avitia pulled over about 3:35 p.m. near Central Avenue after the dispatch center received a call about an emergency involving a child in a vehicle on the interstate, according to a news release from Indiana State Police.

Jennifer Newsum, of Valparaiso, the child's mother, told the trooper she pulled over her 2010 Nissan sport utility vehicle after seeing the child was unresponsive.

The mother told authorities that the 2-year-old was on medication and recovering from an illness.

The child was not breathing and her lips were turning blue, according to the release.

Avitia was able to revive the child through CPR, according to the release. She was taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart and was scheduled to stay overnight as a precaution.

"I was just glad I was close by and that my training was used with such a happy outcome," Avitia said in a prepared statement.

Indiana State Police also gave the girl two teddy bears.

The Lake Station Fire Department assisted during the call.

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