Mother Revives Boy, 3, After He Fell Into Pool

Police, fire log

April 21, 1991

A mother resuscitated a 3-year-old child Thursday after the boy fellinto a swimming pool at his Fulton home and nearly drowned, county rescue workers said.

Joshua Richmond, who was rescued from the poolat 6:10 p.m. by his foster mother, Virginia Arnold, was expected to be released Friday night from Greater Laurel-Beltsville Hospital.

"He's fine. He's up and eating Jell-O," said the boy's foster father, Curtis Arnold. "We're hoping to bring him home tonight."

Joshua fell into the family in-ground pool while he, Virginia Arnold and two other children were getting ready to go out for dinner, Curtis Arnold said. Virginia Arnold saw the boy floating in the pool, dove in and rescued him, rescue workers said.

The boy was apparently in the water for approximately 30 to 40 seconds, rescue workers said.

After getting the boy out of the water, Virginia Arnold's son, Eli Arnold, telephoned 911 and Virginia Arnold got lifesaving instructions from county dispatcher Jack Blakely.

At the time of the phone call,Joshua didn't appear to be breathing, nor did he have a heartbeat, Curtis Arnold said.

"The 911 people really helped a lot. She carried him over to the phone and he told her exactly what to do," Curtis Arnold said. Within seconds of resuscitation, the boy began coughing and crying, he said.

Rescue workers arrived at the home, in the 5400 block of Murphy Road, and found the boy conscious and crying, said rescue services spokesman Donald R. Howell. He was treated at the hospital for possible hypothermia, Howell said.


A man armed with a gun stole several bottles of drugs Tuesday from the Peoples Drug Store in the King's Contrivance Village Center, county police said.

Police said the man entered the drug store shortly before 9 p.m. and demanded that an employee open the safe containing prescription drugs. The employee opened the safe and the man swept the drugs into a bag he was carrying, police said.

The drugs were mostly the painkillers Percocet and Percodan, police said. No estimate was available on the value of the drugs.

Police said the gunman ran out the door and may have left the area in a red ormaroon four-door hatchback automobile. The man is described as a white male in his mid- to late 30s, approximately 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. He had brown thinning hair and a beard.

Acompilation of some of the crimes reported to Howard County police is:


6000 block Majors Lane: April 12, electronic equipment was reported stolen sometime before 10 p.m. from a home forcibly entered through a rear window.

5300 block Fall River Row: April 12, electronic equipment and clothing were reported stolen from a home forcibly entered through a rear basement window.

5200 block West Running Brook Road: April 15, a 1990 Ford Probe was reported stolen overnight from a residential area.


6500 block Ducketts Lane: April 14, a 1986 Chevrolet Spectrum was reported stolen overnight from a residential parking lot.

Ellicott City

2500 block Thompson Drive: April 11, an unknown suspect forced open a door and removed tools from a garage.


9000 block Moonshine Hollow: April 12, a 1990 Honda Accord was reported stolen overnight from a residential parking lot.

9100 block Moonshine Hollow: April 12, a man in his late 30s exposed himself to two women about 1:40 p.m. The suspect was described as a white male with a salt-and-pepper beard and mustache, wearing jeans and a white cap.

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