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UPDATE: The 3-year-old boy is in critical condition as of Tuesday evening.

LOGAN COUNTY, Okla. - The Oak Cliff Fire Department and EMSA paramedics rush to the Highland Trails housing addition near Kelly and Waterloo around 5 p.m. Monday after a 3-year-old nearly drowned in a neighborhood pond.

Officials with the Logan County Sheriff's Department said an adult babysitter was watching the 3-year-old and a 5-month-old when the 3-year-old wandered off with some other neighborhood children.

"A very short time later, a neighbor and her found the little boy in an adjacent pond. Logan County Captain Rich Stephens said. "The little boy was pulled out of the water immediately and CPR was done immediately."

First responders initially called for Eagle Med, emergency medical helicopter transport.

But it was determined that was going to take about 24 minutes that they didn't have to spend on scene with this child.

So the ambulance loaded the child up and went to the Children's Hospital.

Capt. Stephens said when the ambulance left to take the little boy to the hospital, he was breathing but not conscious.

"At that point, it was still critical; he was not conscious," Capt. Stephens said. "You know he was breathing and did have a pulse so that's a good sign but still a very critical time period. We don't know how long he was under the water, if there's brain damage."

Officials said as the weather warms up and outdoor playtime becomes more common, it's a good idea to keep a close eye on your kids.

"And obviously we need to worry about water features such as pools, lakes, even a backyard koi pond can be lethal for a child that age," Capt. Stephens said.

Capt. Stephens said it was a very good thing that the babysitter knew CPR.

He did not have an update on the little boy's condition.