Santa Maria police help rescue baby who stopped breathing

Posted at 10:00 PM, May 01, 2018

Two local law enforcement officers worked to help a baby breathe again after a call for help Tuesday afternoon, according to the Santa Maria Police Department.

SMPD reports patrol officers went to a home on W. El Camino St. between N. Railroad Ave. and N. Curryer St. after someone called 911 to a report of an infant not breathing.

The call came in just before 3 p.m. Santa Maria police say Sgt. Nathan Totorica and Cpl. Robert Prescott were first to arrive on scene, approximately four minutes before the Santa Maria Fire Department and American Medical Response.

Cpl. Prescott found the infant, confirmed the baby was not breathing, took hold of the baby and provided rescue breaths.

"A short time later, Sgt. Totorica provided Officer Prescott with relief and administered rescue breaths as well," Lt. Terry Flaa said in a press release. "Once Santa Maria Fire and AMR personnel arrived, they assumed lifesaving efforts."

The baby was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive, police say.

Officers are in contact with doctors to figure out what caused the baby to stop breathing, though SMPD reports the baby has a pre-existing medical condition.