Siblings save toddler from drowning in Topeka pool

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Two young siblings are credited with saving a toddler from drowning in an apartment pool in Topeka.

Six-year-old Crystal Canul and her 11-year-old brother, Josias, rushed to the pool Monday night after their mother spotted the 2-year-old struggling while looking out a window of their second-floor unit.

The Topeka Capital-Journal  reports that the mother wasn’t a strong swimmer, so she asked her children to help. Crystal jumped into the pool to rescue the 2-year-old. Meanwhile, Josias waited to pull the toddler from the water.

The brother and sister later received hugs from Topeka police Sgt. Steve Roth as he lauded their efforts. The toddler was returned to her parents after emergency personnel deemed her OK. Roth says the girl had wandered out of an apartment. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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