Sep 062010

A 1-year-old boy is in critical condition after nearly drowning in a backyard pool Wednesday.

It happened before 8 a.m. at a home near Greenway Road and 41st Avenue in Phoenix.

Captain Scott McDonald with the Phoenix Fire Department said the toddler slipped out a back door and into the pool while his father was sleeping.

When the boy’s father woke up, he found his son floating in the water.

“There’s a chance the child was unaccounted for, for 30 minutes,” McDonald said.

According to Phoenix Fire officials, the little boy is on life support at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

McDonald said the pool’s cold water may have helped the child.

Firefighters are using this time to remind parents to keep an eye on their young children and fence in their pools.

“We’ve got to ask the residents of Phoenix, and the whole Valley, to watch your kids around water,” McDonald said. “Supervision is number one.”

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