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May 6, 2001

Two Phoenix children nearly drowned in separate accidents Saturday.

Dylan Bannister's heartbeat was restarted after he fell into the family pool late Saturday afternoon. He was in critical condition Saturday night at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Both parents were at home but each thought the other was keeping an eye on the toddler when he went into the pool at their home on North 51st Street.

When paramedics arrived, Dylan was not breathing, fire officials said.

About four hours earlier, a 1-year-old girl nearly drowned in a bathtub.

Jailena Millanes was in the tub with a 5-year-old who was taking a shower when she was found, fire officials said. The tub's drain had stopped up and water had collected in the tub.

Jailena was conscious, breathing and coughing when crews arrived at the apartment in the 2800 block of East Mobile Lane.

She was in stable condition Saturday night at Maricopa Medical Center.

There have been 28 water-related incidents in Phoenix this year, officials said, with 22 of those involving children 5 and younger.

"This is a very tragic year already," Fire Department spokesman Terry Shields said.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
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