(PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE) Dominic Netti had no relationship to 2-year-old Steven Flanagan. The California man just happened to be staying down the hall in the same Green Tree hotel as the little boy and his mom from West Virginia in early July 2012.
But, Mr. Netti was also the first man who finally entered the room registered to Sharon Flanagan after the woman had run crazily through the hotel shouting about her baby and that she needed help. He was the man who lifted the lifeless body of the boy out of the bathtub and attempted to save him by performing CPR.
"The terror and shear confusion that Sharon created in the hotel hallway, and the absolutely nightmarish scene of that little boy, laying facedown alone in that bathtub ... the look of disbelief that was frozen on his little face, with his eyes wide open and glazed over ..." Mr. Netti wrote in his victim impact statement. "Had his mother said that the boy was in trouble, we would have broken the door down. I could have smashed down 10 doors with the adrenaline I had surging through my body at the time, but, astonishingly, she didn't give us the chance.
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