A 3-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after being pulled from a West Phoenix pool.
Phoenix firefighters responded to the call at an apartment complex near 43rd Avenue and McDowell Road around 4:30 p.m.
The girl was taken to Phoenix Children’s Hospital in very critical condition, according to Phoenix fire Capt. Tony Mure.
Mure said a mother watching her two young sons was also babysitting the 3-year-old girl and none of the children were good swimmers.
The children were sharing two sets of “water wings” and at some point a fourth child came into the pool area to play with the little girl who was her friend.
Mure said the woman assumed the girl next to her two boys was the child she was babysitting and that she only saw the backs of their heads, not their faces.
The fourth child realized this was not her friend next to her and told the babysitter.
When she went to look for the 3-year-old, the woman found her at the bottom of the pool and screamed for help.
Mure said two adults from separate groups jumped in and pulled the girl from the pool and began CPR until paramedics arrived.
It is unknown how long the girl had been under water.
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