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Baby girl nearly drowns after falling head first into toilet

LOS ANGELES — A baby girl was recovering at home Tuesday night after falling head first into a toilet and nearly drowning, according to authorities.

The baby was playing with her toddler sister at a home in the San Fernando Valley when the incident happened, Los Angeles police said. The door was locked and the older sister was crying for help.

The girls' mother kicked the bathroom's door in, and found her baby girl head first in the toilet, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Scott Harrelson told the LA Daily News.

"The mother then kicked the door open and saw the infant head-down in the toilet," Harrelson told the newspaper.

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Harrelson was unavailable to provide details to NBC4 Tuesday afternoon, but LAPD's Media Relations Division confirmed the report.

The child's mother told NBC4 Tuesday night that she is a nurse, and was able to perform CPR on the child. 

"The baby was blue but slightly breathing," Harrelson told the Daily News. "The officers were able to open up her airways and she started to cry, which means she was responsive."

The baby girl was transported via Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter, which had landed at Sun Valley Middle School, LAFD spokesman Erik Scott said.

The child was hospitalized in serious condition but was later released.