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Diaper Saves Toddler's Life

HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - A buoyant diaper may have helped save a baby from drowning.

A baby was found bobbing in a lake in Pembroke Park, Fla., after a fight Thursday morning between the tyke's parents, Catherine Copeland and Sandro Michel.

The Sun-Sentinel describes the near-tragic scene:

According to Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion, deputies were called to a RaceTrac gas station on Pembroke Road to investigate a report of a couple fighting. Witnesses said they saw a black car swerving wildly, with Copeland driving and Michel hitting her, causing her to lose control and pitch into the 40-foot-deep lake.

Deputy Cazi Navarro pulled 33-year-old Catherine Copeland, to safety and then he saw something unusual.

"All of a sudden this little thing popped up like a cork," Navarro told the Sun-Sentinel.

It was 3-year-old Sariyah Michel, in her diaper that had kept her afloat. The couple's daughter is now in critical but stable condition at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Fla., the Sun-Sentinel reports.

"I want to say thank you to whoever that deputy was," she said. "That was bravery. That was more than kindness. He risked his own life."

The Broward Palm Beach New Times reports that Sariyah's father, Sandro, died in the accident.

The Broward Clerk's Office told the Times that Michel had been arrested three times for domestic abuse. He was on probation at the time of the accident.

Michel was also hit with criminal traffic charges this week for an unrelated incident, the paper reports. It was the fifth time Michel had faced criminal traffic charges.

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