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June 9, 2000

Two children, a 3-year-old and a 9-month-old, nearly drowned in separate Valley accidents Thursday evening.

The 3-year-old was in critical condition and the 9-month old in fair condition at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Their names were not released.

The younger child crawled through a pet door and slipped into a kiddie pool with about a foot of water, Mesa fire officials said. It was the second accident in three weeks in which a child has crawled through a pet door and into a pool.

The accident occurred just after 6 p.m. at a home in the 10800 block of East Cholla Road, Deputy Mesa Fire Chief Mary Cameli said. She said the father of the child was sleeping and the mother was mowing the lawn.

Cameli said the baby was unaccounted for for five minutes. When the mother realized where she was, she pulled the baby out and began CPR. Cameli said the baby had a heartbeat when firefighters arrived, but remained unconscious and had trouble breathing.

The 3-year-old was being watched by an older sibling at an apartment complex in the 5100 block of North 15th Street while his mother took a shower and his father went to the store, Phoenix Fire spokesman Bob Khan said.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
Byline: By Tessie Borden
©Copyright 2000 Arizona Republic

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