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2-year-old Glendale girl drowns in bathtub Sunday night

June 29, 2009

A Glendale toddler died Sunday after authorities said she drowned in a bathtub.

Someone was performing CPR on the girl when firefighters arrived at her home near 67th Avenue and Utopia Road at about 7 p.m., said Daniel Valenzuela, a Glendale fire spokesman. Fire personnel immediately began performing advanced life support on the toddler, and the 2-year-old then was flown to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.

The child had been in the tub at the time of the drowning.

The death marks Glendale's first drowning of 2009, Valenzuela said.

There have been five other water-related incidents in Glendale so far this year, and all have involved children, Valenzuela said.

Glendale police are still investigating the incident, said a police spokeswoman, Officer Karen Gerardo. Glendale police are not releasing the girl's name or the parents at this time.

"This is a very sad reminder that we all need to watch our children and never ever leave them unattended, especially around water," Valenzuela said.

"Many people would guess that when children drown it usually occurs in a swimming pool. I can tell you that more children drown in a bathtub than a swimming pool."

Sunday night near-drowning is one of at least 80 water-related incidents in Maricopa County this year as of June 25,Valenzuela said.

Twenty of those incidents resulted in deaths and seven victims were children, according to Children's Safety Zone, which takes reports of such incidents from Valley agencies.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
Phoebe Volk and Lisa Halverstadt
©Copyright 2009 Arizona Republic

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