An Indiana State Police trooper was in the right place at the right time on
Monday, when a 2-year-old Valparaiso girl stopped breathing in her mom’s
vehicle on I-80 in Lake County.
According to police, at 3:35 p.m. Trooper Dan Avitia was dispatched to a
Nissan SUV parked on the inner shoulder of westbound I-80, just west of
Central Ave., in response to a report of a medical emergency. Avitia located
Jennifer Newsum’s vehicle and found her unbuckling her daughter from the
child safety seat.
Avitia promptly observed that the child was limp, had bluish tinged lips,
and was not breathing, and began giving the little girl back blows, police
said. After a few, the child began once again to breathe.
The girl--presented with two teddy bears by the ISP--was transported to
Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart for observation. Police said that the
child had been on medication for illness at the time of the incident.
“I was just glad I was close by and that my training was used with such a
happy outcome,” Avitia said.