CPS investigates after children burned by power line in northwest Harris County

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HOUSTON - Two children are recovering in a hospital after they were burned by a downed power line.

The 3-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl were playing in their back yard in the 3200 block of Nutwood in northwest Harris County around 1:30 p.m. Sunday and came into contact with a power line.

"He blew the end of his finger off and the other took a piece of her toe off," uncle Cecil Davis said.

Officials said the power line was dangling in the yard for a few days and wasn't live, but it somehow came into contact with a live wire.

"My husband looked over the fence and the kids were down," neighbor Lauri McNeill said. "She wasn't breathing for a while. Her dad was doing CPR, finally got her to breathe."

Both children suffered second-degree burns and were rushed to Shriners Hospital in Galveston in critical condition. The girl had burns over 30 percent of her body and the boy was burned from the waist down, relatives said.

"I don't know if they were playing on it or if she tripped over it or what," Davis said. "The wind was blowing and, I guess, it banged against the transformer as it blew."

Children's Protective Service officials said they are looking into the situation.

"Two kids playing in their own back yard, minding their owned business and get burned and CPS wants to step in? Something is wrong," Davis said.

Davis said the children's father reported the downed line about two weeks ago.

"They said it was no problem because it was just a guide cable," Davis said.

CenterPoint Energy officials went to the home after the incident.

"After making the scene safe, we began conducting an investigation to determine what happened," a statement from CenterPoint Energy read. Additionally, we are in the process of reviewing phone records to determine call history on the account."

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