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Toddler expected to return home after scare in Rochester

Union Leader Correspondent

December 27. 2012 12:24PM

ROCHESTER - Friends and family are relieved to hear that a toddler will be returning home soon after being sent to the hospital Wednesday morning.

Police, firefighters and emergency personnel responded to 5 Kim Lane at 10:50 a.m. after receiving a report that an 18-month-old girl collapsed near an extension cord, which powers the phone. It remains unclear what caused the "acute life threatening injury," according to family friends Ed and Leslie Jerlinski, who own the home.

Leslie Jerlinski said the girl and her family were visiting for the holidays when she collapsed while she was standing near the cord.

"She just happened to fall forward and she just turned blue," Leslie Jerlinski said, adding they called 911 while checking her airway.

While the girl was held overnight at Frisbie Memorial Hospital for observation, Leslie Jerlinski said she should be coming home later today. She added doctors could not determine what happened, but they suspect the girl may have stopped breathing briefly as she was having trouble breathing at the time.

"They're still not sure," she said.

Nonetheless, Leslie Jerlinski said the girl appeared fine throughout the night.

"She's good - she's been happy-go-lucky ever since," Leslie Jerlinski said.

Fire Marshal Dominick Bellio said firefighters could not confirm electricity was a factor in the matter.

Fire Lt. Dennis Dube said firefighters inspected the home - including nearby outlets, equipment and the circuit breakers - as a precaution, but they found nothing to indicate there was any faulty equipment, but police collected evidence - including the extension cord.

Police could not be reached for comment about the status of the investigation.

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