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Ahwatukee toddler drowns in family's pool

August 21, 2008

A 2-year-old boy was found in the bottom of a pool at an Ahwatukee home on Thursday, Phoenix police said. He died a short time later.

When firefighters arrived at the East Brookwood Court home, located near Chandler Boulevard and 32nd Street, the boy wasn't breathing and didn't have a pulse.

The boy's mother had left him downstairs just before noon as she went upstairs to check on her two older daughters, who are home-schooled, Phoenix police Sgt. Leonard Pinuelas said.

When she returned downstairs about 10 minutes later, she looked out her kitchen window and saw her son facedown in the family's play pool, Pinuelas said.

The woman's 8-year-old daughter rushed outside and pulled her younger brother out of the pool, he said.

Within minutes, police and firefighters were on the scene, Pinuelas said.

When they arrived, the boy continued to be without a pulse, Phoenix Fire spokesman Courtney Jenkins said.

The 2-year-old was taken to Desert Samaritan Hospital in critical condition. He later was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Before her son was taken to the hospital, the woman told authorities he may have bypassed the home's locked doors and gotten to the pool through a dog door, Pinuelas said.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
Lisa Halverstadt and Matt Culbertson
Copyright 2008 Arizona Republic

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