A 6-year-old girl from Monett was rescued by her mother after falling through an iced over pond on 1226 Farm Road 1030 in Monett on Saturday around 1:30 p.m.
Barry County first responders, ambulance crews and the Barry County Sheriff's Department responded to the call. By the time emergency personnel arrived, the girl's mother had pulled her daughter from the pond and had begun CPR.
According to the Barry County Sheriff's Department, Barry County Deputy Carl Cosper was met at the scene by first responders who stated the girl had already been taken by ambulance to Cox Monett Hospital. Cosper said he observed a three and a half foot hole in the middle of the pond where the girl had apparently fallen through.
Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly cautions all parents to be aware of ponds during icy and snowy weather and to tell their children to stay away from ponds, which may appear to be frozen.
"With freezing temperatures, hypothermia can set in very quickly when your body is exposed to freezing water," said Epperly.
The girl was later flown to Cox Medical Center South in Springfield. As of Sunday night, the young girl was still reported to be in a coma.