ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) – Anderson County Deputies saved a 22-month-old baby that was found in a vehicle with two unconscious adults on Tuesday.
The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office responded at 9:00 p.m. to a call on Hwy 28 Bypass in Anderson when a bystander alerted 911 call operators of two adults and a baby unconscious in a vehicle.
“Deputies got on the scene within just a few minutes and the people in the vehicle were indeed unconscious and just almost lifeless at this point,” said Sheriff Chad McBride. “The deputies got the 22-month-old baby out of the car and started rendering aid.”
A deputy quickly started CPR on the baby while the other deputy drove them in a patrol vehicle to AnMed Health, according to the sheriff’s office. The hospital staff were notified while the deputies and baby were en-route and were prepared to receive the patient upon arrival.
The woman in the vehicle was also transported to the hospital for treatment, according to the sheriff’s office.
“We have a very great network of first responders in this county. We work very closely with our fireman and or EMS folks for stuff like that,” explained McBride.
The Anderson County Coroner’s Office identified the man in the vehicle as 29-year-old Christopher Alexander, of Anderson. Officials said he was pronounced dead on the scene. The cause has been determined to be carbon monoxide toxicity and illicit drug abuse.
According to the coroner’s office, the man, his wife and the 22-month-old were inside of the running vehicle for an extended period of time while using drugs. The vehicle emissions contributed to a high level of carbon monoxide in the vehicle.
According to Sheriff McBride, it is standard protocol to administer Narcan, a nasal spray for suspected overdoses in children and adults, when they attend to unconscious individuals.
“Every deputy we have here is certified here to carry a Narcan. It’s completely harmless. If somebody is believed to be passed out or unconscious and we’re not sure if it’s drug induced or not, using Narcan is very safe,” said Sheriff McBride.
Because of the rapid life-saving actions of his deputies and local first responders, Sheriff McBride says two lives are now spared.
“You are either in panic mode or you’re in first responder mode. So these guys said this child needs to get to the hospital ASAP and so they rendered aid while transporting the baby to the hospital and that’s what saved the baby’s life. That’s what today is all about. It’s all about celebrating these guys and their heroic activities,” said Sheriff McBride.
The incident is still under investigation by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and the Anderson County Coroner’s Office. No charges have been released at this time.