A Newport man is facing child cruelty charges after police say he fell asleep while his grandson nearly drowned in a swimming pool. It happened July 5 at a home on Sias Avenue in Newport. Newport Police say they received a report of a near-drowning that took place earlier in the day after a three-year-old boy had been found unresponsive in the water and was taken to the hospital by a family member. Police on Friday announced that Kevin West, 46, will face child cruelty charges. They say West was supposed to be supervising Aweyn West, but allegedly fell asleep sitting near the pool. They say the child was playing, then fell in. The family says after several minutes submerged, a 16-year-old pulled him from the water and he was rushed to North Country Hospital. After 20 minutes of CPR, he was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Doctors say he will likely suffer from some permanent brain damage, he is currently alert and responsive.
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