Mother arrested in connection to baby’s near drowning in Tulare County

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After an eight month investigation, a mother of a baby who nearly drowned has been arrested after Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies say she endangered the child.

On June 26, 2018, deputies were called out to St. Johns River in the 32200 block on Road 212 in Woodlake for a possible drowning of a seven-month-old.

Deputies were told the baby slipped off a floating device made for a regular pool, was swept away by the current, and was taken to a local hospital for life-threatening injuries.

The child survived, the sheriff’s office confirmed.

The child’s mother, Alejandra Hernandez, was determined to have used poor judgement on that day by putting her infant into the river on a floating device, which would be typically used in a swimming pool, the sheriff’s office says.

Detectives obtained a urine sample from her, which was sent to the department of justice. The sheriff’s office says the results showed she was under the influence of a controlled substance during the time of the incident.

The case was then submitted to the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office for review.

On Friday, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for child endangerment and being under the influence of a controlled substance from the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office.

Detectives searched for Hernandez and were able to find her at a business located in the 8900 block of Goshen Avenue in Visalia. She was taken into custody and booked at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Pre-Trial Facility.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Det. Rick Morley at 559-733-6218 or anonymous by calling or texting 559-725-4194 or through email at

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