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2 young girls nearly drown in Buckeye in unrelated incidents

July 20, 2009

Two children nearly drowned this weekend in Buckeye in unrelated incidents after family members found them in the water, fire officials said.

The first incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. Saturday at a home on the 3500 block of North 301st Lane, in the Tartesso community, according to Buckeye Fire Chief Bob Costello. A family member found a 3-year-old girl in a swimming pool and performed CPR on her until firefighters arrived.

The girl was treated at the scene and responsive when she was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix in serious condition, Costello said.

The second incident occurred about 3:15 p.m. Sunday at the Cholla Ranch Apartments, 316 N. Miller Road, Costello said. An 11-month-old girl was found floating face down in a bathtub where she had been taking a bath with a 2-year-old sibling.

The girl's father told police he and the girl's mother left the two children alone in the bathtub, which he said was filled with 2 to 3 inches of water, and would check on them every one to two minutes, said Buckeye police Lt. Phil Harris. He said they walked in at one point and found the girl face down and not breathing.

He performed CPR and was able to get the girl breathing before firefighters arrived, Harris said. She was breathing and crying when she was airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital.

On Sunday evening, the hospital said the girl was in good condition and was being moved to intensive care, Harris said.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
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