A baby boy is safe 24 hours after nearly drowning in a backyard pool at his home, saved by the family dog.
The home is located off Maple Street, in rural Marcellus.
On Sunday just before 4 p.m., The Cass County Sheriff's Department received a call from Patricia Drauch who said her 14-month-old son, Stanley, was face up in the family pool. Drauch reported the boy's face had turned blue.
"It was the worst thing I have ever experienced, I didn't think he was going to make it," said the 30-year-old mother of four.
She said it happened while she was walking to the garage to get a shovel and realized her little boy was no longer right behind her.
"It happened so fast," she recalled.
When Patricia saw her son in the pool, she said their black lab was in the pool underneath the child holding him up and out of the water on his back.
"The dog wasn't moving, he was just balancing him on his back," explained Patricia.
The panicked mother grabbed her son and attempted CPR while trying to call for help. She said she couldn't get cell phone service, so she carried her son to the car and headed for the Marcellus Fire Department, located about 2 miles away.
Once on the roadway, Patricia was able to get cell phone service and contacted Cass County Central Dispatch. At the time , she was on the phone with Central Dispatch the child regained consciousness, according to deputies. Upon her arrival at the fire department, Marcellus Fire and Ambulance personal examined the baby who was found to be conscious and in good condition. The child was taken to the Three Rivers hospital by the parents where he was treated and released.
"We are just very relieved and thankful," said Patricia and Steve Drauch.
Stanley appeared perky and healthy on Monday.