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Bemidji baby in critical condition after being found not breathing Monday

BEMIDJI - A police officer here resuscitated an infant, who later regained a heartbeat and was sent to a Fargo, N.D., hospital.

The child was listed in critical condition Tuesday, according to a news release.

According to a news release:

Officer Karson Otness responded to a home on Minnesota Avenue Northwest after the Police Department received a call of an unresponsive infant.

At the home, Otness was met by the parents and directed to a bedroom where he found an infant lying on a bed.

Otness checked for a pulse and breathing, and when he found neither, immediately began resuscitation efforts. Bemidji firefighters and paramedics arrived on scene and took over resuscitation efforts.

During transport to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, the infant regained a heartbeat. The child was then taken to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo.

No foul play is suspected, according to Police Chief Mike Mastin.

"The rapid, professional and thorough response provided collectively by the area emergency services helped sustain the infant's life," Mastin said in the release. "All emergency responders should be applauded for their commitment to public safety and dedication to the Bemidji community."