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Girl, 2, drowns in backyard pool in east Mesa

July 21, 2008

A 2-year-old Mesa girl drowned in a backyard swimming pool near Power and McKellips roads Friday.

Mesa Fire officials said the child was underwater for up to five minutes and was not breathing when pulled from the pool by her mother about 12:40 p.m.

Both parents were at home at the time and it was unknown how the child wandered into the fenced pool area, police said.

She was transported to Bannner Baywood Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, police said.

Jeff Stieber, a fire department spokesman, said emergency responders arrived in the 6900 block of East Ivyglen St. at 12:45 p.m., about three minutes after receiving a 911 call.

They found the girl's parents doing CPR on the child, who was not breathing.

Stieber said the parents reported there was about five minutes of "unaccounted time" before they found the child in the pool.

The pool was protected by a fence, but Stieber said, "A fence is only as good as the locking mechanism on the gate."

Officials did not immediately release names.

This is the ninth child drowning in the Valley since April.

12 News contributed to this report.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
Gary Nelson and Ali Pfauser
Copyright 2008 Arizona Republic

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