JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local toddler is in the hospital after wandering away from home. According to JSO, the child's family was moving into a new home when they lost track of the toddler.
A neighborhood is on edge as a little girl fights for her life in the hospital. According to police, mother lost track of her 18-month-old girl while unpacking boxes inside their home. She dialed 911 and in a panic, she screamed outside for help.
A next door neighbor knew where to look. He immediately dove into a nearby retention pond and made the rescue.
"Amen," said neighbor Ladell Holmes. "It was a blessing that it occurred you know. Gentleman next door dove in after her. I'm very relieved that she was saved."
It's unknown how long she was in the water. Rescue crews initiated CPR on site. The girl was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
While the toddler may not be in the clear yet, police say the neighbor's swift action possibly saved a life.
Which makes people like Holmes thankful to live in this caring community.
"With everything that's going on in society, it's nice to know we still have some good people."
The investigation is ongoing.