Mar 272013

PHOENIX – A 3-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being pulled from a backyard pool Sunday morning.

Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Jonathan Jacobs said the boy was found “unresponsive” in the pool near 24th Avenue and Union Hills.

Firefighters said the family had just finished eating breakfast when they realized the boy was missing.

Paramedics said the parents gave the child CPR before firefighters arrived. Jacobs said crews were on scene within three minutes of the call for help.

Officials said the back door to the home opens straight onto the patio and the pool area. They also said the pool is not fenced, and the doors do not have self-latching locks.

“I was in my bed and I heard an ambulance come and I heard a bang and I ran straight to my Grandma and we looked outside and there was… I can’t even describe it, it’s so sad,” said neighbor Mariah Graziani.

“You could hear her… a lot of screaming and crying. It was really hard. We were trying to figure out what was going on,” said Sandy Graziani.

The boy was transported to a local hospital where he remains in extremely critical condition.

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