June 28, 2013

Farmingdale toddler dies following June 13 pool accident

FARMINGDALE — The 2-year-old Farmingdale boy found unresponsive in his family's pool June 13 died at 4:22 p.m. Friday at Maine Medical Center in Portland, according to Maj. Ryan Reardon of the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office.

Cody Campbell had been on life support at the Portland hospital after being taken there by a LifeFlight helicopter from MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta hospital with only a faint heartbeat.

Two days later, he was reported doing much better; however, his conditioned worsened.

Reardon said the family was in the hospital room when Cody died and intends to donate some of his organs.

Karla Campbell, who was home with her three children, found the boy floating face-down on the morning of June 13, in the above-ground swimming pool at the family's Northern Avenue residence, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

A sheriff's deputy said it appeared the boy made his way outside, climbed up the pool's ladder and somehow fell into the pool.

Karla Campbell jumped in the pool, pulled the boy out and called for help at 7:45 a.m.

The boy wasn't breathing and didn't have a pulse when rescue personnel first arrived, deputies said.

The boy's father, Vernon Campbell, had left for work about 7 a.m., the day the accident occurred.

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