HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) – A diaper may have saved a child strapped into a car that crashed into a Broward County lake before sinking.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office says 33-year-old Catherine Copeland was driving the car early Tuesday but lost control because her husband was hitting her.
Copeland was standing on the car when deputies arrived. She said she couldn’t swim, but her 3-year-old daughter was still in the car.
Deputies then saw the child rise to the surface of the water. One deputy told the South Florida Sun Sentinel “this little thing popped up like a cork.” The child was found unconscious and taken to the hospital in critical but stable condition.
Copeland’s husband was found dead inside the submerged car. An autopsy will be performed. The investigation continues.