Teenager, 9-year-old save toddler in near-drowning, Titusville police say

Cops: Toddler was at community pool without adult supervision

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – It's a happy ending after what could have become a tragic summer afternoon for one family in Titusville.

Police say an unsupervised 3-year-old girl almost drowned in the pool at Timber Trace Apartments on Friday, June 3.

Surveillance video from the apartment complex shows the girl walk into the pool and try to swim before struggling to stay afloat. Police tell News 6 the girl was underwater for more than two minutes.

"You can see in the pool people are around this young girl and she goes under and they don't even notice," says Amy Matthews with the Titusville Police Department.

The toddler's 9-year-old cousin saw the young girl floating lifeless in the water. The child swam over to her and got her out of the pool. Police say that is when Breanna Moseley, 18, jumped into action.

"I turned around and they're holding a little child," she said. "She was just limp and not moving, she said."
Moseley used CPR training she learned in school to save the young girl's life.

"Then I sat her up and held her and kept her warm. I just comforted her until the ambulance and her parents got there," Moseley said.

The toddler was airlifted to the hospital. Police did not have an update on her condition.

"[The toddler's] mom came back and she hugged me and cried. [She] told me how I was her guardian angel and it made me realize, 'Wow I actually did a pretty incredible thing,'"  says Moseley.

The Titusville Police Department tells News 6 the toddler and children were swimming without adult supervision.

Officers called the Department of Children and Families to investigate. ​

Police initially said that the cousin was 7 years old.

About the Author:

Amanda Castro, a proud UCF alum, joined the News 6 team in November 2015 and was promoted to weekend morning anchor in April 2016. Go Knights!