Diaper Saves Toddler From Drowning She bobs to surface after car goes into lake By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Oct 26, 2011 2:55 PM CDT 10 comments Comments File photo: Police say a little girl's diaper saved her from drowning. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Awful story with a great silver lining: A toddler inside her family car survived a nighttime plunge into a lake thanks to her plastic diaper, reports the Sun-Sentinel of Florida. "All of a sudden this little thing popped up like a cork," says a deputy at the scene who had been searching for her. Her mother also got rescued, but her father died in the submerged car. Witnesses say he had been hitting his wife while she was driving, which caused her to lose control of the vehicle. He had been arrested previously on domestic violence charges. The girl is in critical but stable condition.