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A Toddler Falls Into a Septic Tank . . . And Two Guys Dive in Headfirst After Her


As far as heroic rescues go, this one's pretty gross.  On Saturday, a toddler fell into a SEPTIC TANK in Maricopa, Arizona, and her mother immediately started screaming for help.  (Maricopa is about 30 miles south of Phoenix.)
 
Then without hesitating, a 28-year-old named Henry Ricketts . . . who just got out of JAIL two weeks ago . . . took off his shoes, and went in after her, HEADFIRST.
 
But once Henry got in there, he couldn't find her.  And he had to come up for air when he accidentally INHALED some of the septic tank water.
 
So another unidentified man dove in headfirst while two people held his feet.  And just from feeling around, he managed to grab the girl by her arm and pull her back up.
 
Now, by this point, several minutes had gone by, and the girl wasn't breathing.  Which is when a third person ran in, gave her CPR and mouth-to-mouth, and REVIVED her.  She's currently in the hospital recovering.
 
Apparently the tank's lid buckled when the girl stepped on it, and it's since been roped off.  Police are now deciding whether to file criminal charges against the person who owns the land.  (ABC15 / KPHO)  
 

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