Feb 052011

PHOENIX – Fire officials say a toddler has been transported to a hospital after a near-drowning in north Phoenix.

According to Phoenix fire spokesman Scott Walker, the 18-month-old girl was underwater for two minutes and was not breathing around 5 p.m. at a home near Thunderbird Road and Interstate 17.

She has a heartbeat as of 6:30 p.m., but she’s not breathing on her own, Walker said.

He said it’s believed the girl went through a doggie door and into a swimming pool that hasn’t been cleaned in some time.

Several family members were inside the home and pulled the girl out of the pool when they found out what happened, Walker said. The girl did not live at the home.

The girl is at St. Joseph’s Hospital and her condition is unknown at this time.

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