Aug 072012

GILBERT, AZ – A 5-year-old New Mexico boy has died after being pulled from a community pool in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert.

Gilbert Fire spokesman Brian Ruffentine said the child was found in the main pool at the Val Vista Lakes Clubhouse near Baseline and Val Vista roads.

Gilbert police said Sunday that 5-year-old Clayden Hammond was with his older brother and grandmother at the pool when he was found unconscious Saturday.

Ruffentine said it was unknown how long the boy had been in the water.

Adults at the scene started CPR before firefighters arrived.

He was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and taken off life support overnight.

It’s unclear how the boy drowned in the pool, which was filled with other families.

Clayden, his brother and their parents were visiting the Phoenix area from New Mexico.

Police did not know where in New Mexico they were from.

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