ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the cases of a baby found in a lake and a fatal fire, both on the Illinois side of suburban St. Louis (all times local):
A baby found inside an SUV submerged in a lake near St. Louis is expected to recover, thanks to the fast actions of a passing motorist and a paramedic.
But Thursday was still a tragic day in Madison County, Illinois, where one person died in a house fire and a second died in the lake in what authorities say are connected cases.
It began at 5:15 a.m. on Glen Carbon, Illinois, when fire broke out at a home owned by Cristy Lynn Campbell. An adult died in the fire but six children, siblings ranging from very young to teenagers, escaped. Sheriff John Lakin says the person killed has not been identified.
At 5:31 a.m., a motorist near Silver Lake in Highland, Illinois, saw a car heading toward the water and called 911. Paramedic Todd Zobrist arrived quickly, jumped into the 46-degree water and found a baby floating inside the car. He administered CPR on the hood then swam with the child to shore.
Lakin says the child is expected to be released Friday from a hospital in St. Charles, Missouri.
At 11:15 a.m., a body was pulled from the lake. The victim has not been identified but Lakin says authorities are no longer searching for Campbell.
A body has been pulled from the same St. Louis-area lake where a baby was found inside a car, and police say the case is also connected to a fatal house fire.
The chain of events began around 5:30 a.m. Thursday when fire broke out at a home owned by Cristy Lynn Campbell in Glen Carbon, Illinois. An adult died in the fire but six children, siblings ranging from very young to teenagers, escaped.
About 6 a.m., a car was found in Silver Lake in Highland, Illinois, about 16 miles from the home. A baby was found alone in the car and taken to a St. Louis hospital. The child's condition has not been disclosed.
Shortly before noon, a body was pulled from the lake. Authorities have disclosed no details. But Madison County, Illinois, Coroner Steve Nonn says in a news release that the two investigations are related.
Soon after the car was found, Glen Carbon police issued an advisory describing Campbell as a "person of interest" and "possibly endangered."
The coroner in Madison County, Illinois, says incidents a house fire and the discovery of a baby in a car in a lake are connected, and that two deaths have now been confirmed.
A fire broke out around 5:30 a.m. Thursday at a home in Glen Carbon, Illinois. An adult was killed but six children, siblings ranging from very young to teenagers, escaped.
About a half-hour later, a car was found in Silver Lake in Highland, Illinois, about 16 miles from the home. A baby was found alone in the car and taken to a St. Louis hospital. The child's condition has not been disclosed.
Coroner Steve Nonn says in a news release that the two investigations are "inter-related" and involved the deaths of two residents. He didn't say who died in addition to the fire victim, and did not immediately respond to phone messages. Searchers spent the morning in the lake searching for any potential additional victims.
Property records show the burned home belonged to 32-year-old Cristy Lynn Campbell. Glen Carbon police issued an advisory describing her as a "person of interest" and "possibly endangered."
An infant is being treated at a St. Louis hospital after the car the child was in rolled into a lake.
Authorities say the baby was the only occupant found in the car that went into Silver Lake around 6 a.m. Thursday in Highland, Illinois, about 30 miles east of St. Louis. The infant was rescued and emergency workers performed CPR before the child was flown to St. Louis. The child's condition was not immediately known.
Though no one else was found in the car, the Illinois Department of Conservation had a boat on the lake searching the water.
Glen Carbon Police Lt. Wayne White says it is possible the case is related to a house fire in nearby Glen Carbon, Illinois, that killed one person. He did not elaborate.