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Toddler in critical condition after near-drowning experience in Lakewood Ranch

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LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla (WWSB) -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported that a toddler had a near-drowning experience on Thursday in Lakewood Ranch.

The child, 14-months-old, was with his father, Antwian Walters, 32, in the 12000 block Nightshade Place in Summerfield Strand. 

Walters said he was eating around 5:48 p.m. and had the sliding door slightly cracked open. Once he was finished eating, he noticed the door was open wider, so he went outside and found his son in the pool, according to deputies.

The child was removed and lifesaving efforts began.

E.M.S. arrived and took over at the scene. The child was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.  

Detectives responded to investigate the incident.