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'I just saw the kid and jumped in': Pre-teen saves toddler from near drowning

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Authorities say a 12-year-old boy saved a toddler's life after he found the boy underwater in a hotel pool. 

The Isabella County Sheriff's Office was called about 5:06 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11 for reports of a 3-year-old that had fallen into a pool at the Days Inn on E. Pickard Road and was unresponsive. 

Just before deputies could arrive, dispatch was told the toddler was breathing and crying. 

Surveillance video showed the boy had wandered into the pool area and slipped on the steps in the pool and went under water. The child was under the water for about two minutes before 12-year-old Brayden Armstrong from the Muskegon area walked in and saw him, investigators said. 

"I forgot my clothes because I was swimming before and I saw this little kid just staring at this body floating in the water. So the little kid ran away and I jumped in, pulled the kid out," Armstrong said. 

Armstrong immediately removed the toddler from the pool. 

"I just saw the kid and jumped in. Like, I was standing there for a second thinking like well maybe he`s going to get up, like he was just messing around in the pool, and I realized he wasn't getting up so I jumped in and grabbed him," Armstrong said. 

With help from a brother, Armstrong carried the toddler into the hallway and called for an adult to help. 

"This lady came out of her room and told her she knew CPR so she started giving him, and this old man walked out of his room and said he was a nurse and he flipped the kid over and was patting him on his back and rubbing his back and that`s when the ambulance arrived," Armstrong said. 

Investigators learned the boy was familiar with the pool as both parents work at the hotel. They said as one parent was about to go home with their kids the 3-year-old wandered off, slipping on the steps, trapped underwater nearly two minutes.

The toddler was taken to a local emergency room and is expected to recover, police said.

Sheriff Michael Main credits Armstrong's quick thinking, calling him a hero.

“When you talk about heroes, heroes are people who do things outside their wheelhouse, things that aren`t normal to them or they haven`t been trained to do, those are true heroes. For a 12-year-old boy to walk in, comprehend what`s going on that quickly and pull him out of the water, there`s no other word to describe him than hero. That`s what our fiber is made up of human beings, and that`s a great story and thank gosh that he was there because he definitely absolutely saved this young toddler`s life,” Main said.

The sheriff said there will be no criminal charges in the case. 

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