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Octopus Removed From 2-Year-Old Kansas Boy's Throat

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Image: An octopus named Paul swims through his basin
An octopus named Paul swims through his basin on June 25, 2010 at the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, western Germany.ROLAND WEIHRAUCH / AFP- Getty Images file

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A 2-year-old Kansas boy was in serious condition Wednesday after doctors removed a small octopus from his throat, authorities said.

The boyfriend of the boy's mom was arrested and held on suspicion of child abuse in the incident Tuesday night in Wichita, according to police records and police sources who spoke to NBC station KSNW.

The boy's 21-year-old mother found her 36-year-old boyfriend about 9:39 p.m. (10:39 p.m. ET) performing CPR on the child, who wasn't breathing, police said.

Police documents say the boy was transported to a hospital, where an "obstruction" was removed from his throat.

Police told KSNW that the object was a small octopus that appeared to be intended for preparation as sushi.

No identities were disclosed because the victim is a juvenile.

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