Apr 272011

A 7-year-old girl drowned Saturday in an above-ground pool at her grandmother’s house in Phoenix.

Sgt. Trent Crump of Phoenix Police Department said an investigative supervisor on scene near Southern Avenue and 40th Street confirmed the girl had died.

The girl was at the residence with at least two adults and an older sibling but it took up to 20 minutes before anyone noticed she was missing, said Jonathan Jacobs, a Phoenix Fire Department spokesman.

It is unclear how long she was in the water, but firefighters were unable to locate a pulse when they arrived just after 6:20 p.m., Jacobs said.

She was taken to a hospital in extremely critical condition but later pronounced dead.

He said there was no fencing around the above-ground pool and one of the backdoors was wide open.

Crump said detectives are currently conducting an investigation of the incident.

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