Girl, 1, found face down in tub in critical condition

September 16, 2002

A 1-year-old Columbia girl found face down in a bathtub Saturday was in critical but stable condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital yesterday, police said.

The girl's father left her and her 3-year-old brother unattended in the tub to go to the laundry room in their apartment building in the 5300 block of Brook Way, police said.

He had left the water running with the drain open, police said. A bar of soap blocked the drain, allowing the tub to fill with about 3 inches of water.

The father, whose name was not released, returned about four or five minutes later to find the girl face down in the water. She was unresponsive when police arrived about 5:18 p.m.

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