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1-year-old found floating in backyard pond in Glendale

January 26, 2009

A Glendale child was pulled from a pond early Monday morning and is in stable condition by Monday afternoon.

The victim, a 1-year-old boy, was found face down in a three-foot deep small pond in the backyard of a home near 84th Avenue and Marlette Road.

The child was being watched outside while the family members were working in the yard. They had lost the child for a couple of minutes before they realized he was in the pond and immediately called authorities.

Firefighters received the call at 11:23 a.m., and arrived on the scene at 11:25.

The boy was crying when they pulled him out and taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.

“Many people associate barriers only with pool fences but a barrier should go around any body of water… especially when children are around,” Daniel Valenzuela of Glendale Fire Department said. “It literally takes a second for a child to drown.”

As of Monday afternoon the boy is said to be in stable condition.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
Emily Dean
Copyright 2009 Arizona Republic

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