Chilling video shows hotel worker rescue drowning toddler whose mother was intoxicated

A 3-year-old Florida boy was rescued by a pair of vigilant hotel employees after he nearly drowned in a resort hot tub while his mother was under the influence of multiple substances. 

Apryl Connolly, 36, was charged with felony child neglect and destruction of evidence stemming from the Sunday night incident, which took place at the Perry's Ocean Edge Resort in Daytona Beach Shores.


Photo: Volusia County Corrections

Connolly was staying at the hotel with her twin sons and their father when the 3-year-old boys wandered over to the hot tub. In surveillance footage captured of the incident, one of the children can be seen taking a step into the middle of the tub before completely disappearing beneath the water's surface.

Wanda Van Blarrume, a desk clerk at the resort, was watching live security video of the pool area when she spotted the boy going under, WFTV reports. She quickly radioed Michael Johnson, another staff member, who rushed to the pool, pulled the boy out and began performing CPR until the child was able to breathe on his own again.

The boy was rushed to Halifax Medical Center and was later transported to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando due to the severity of his condition, WNDB reports.

While reviewing footage of the incident, police officers observed Connolly remove something from her purse and throw it in a garbage can while her son was being resuscitated.

A pill was recovered from the receptacle and Connolly later admitted she had consumed alcohol, marijuana, oxycodone and Suboxone prior to her son's near drowning.

The mother of two is currently being held without bond.

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