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QC girl pulled from pool dies; family was moving into home

August 26, 2009

Five-year-old Rachel Allen died early this week after her father found her unconscious in a pool Saturday at the Queen Creek house they were preparing to move into.

Her 2-year-old brother, who was also pulled from the pool, was released from the hospital and is home with his family, said Lt. Tamatha Villar, a Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.

Rachel, who was airlifted to the hospital along with her brother, died sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday evening, Villar said.

The parents told deputies they were inside the house painting when the father noticed the children were missing. He went into the backyard and found both children under water. He pulled them out while his wife called 911.

When deputies arrived, the boy was breathing on his own.

Villar urged parents to keep a close eye on their children as the temperatures cool off.

"Even though the temperatures are dropping in the evenings, the risks are still there for a drowning," she said. "Year round, we need to make sure they know where our children are around water. People tend to let their guard down when it cools off."

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
Megan Boehnke
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