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Boy, 4, drowns in apartment pool

June 29, 2008

A four-year-old boy whose parents lost sight of him Friday afternoon at an apartment complex pool died Sunday morning, Phoenix police said.

On Friday about 4 p.m., Phoenix fire received a call of a child who was going in and out of consciousness at an apartment complex in the 800 block of N. 59th Avenue, police said.

The boy, Jesus Tapia, was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The next day, hospital staff notified Phoenix police that Tapia was in extremely critical condition and police began an investigation, Phoenix Police spokesman Sgt. Andy Hill said.

The boy's parents told investigators that the family was swimming at the apartment complex pool when they lost sight of him. Each parent thought the other was watching their son, Hill said.

The parents found their son under the water and called Phoenix fire. Tapia died Sunday. Officials said the drowning was an apparent tragic accident.

Since January, there have been six child drownings in the Valley, including two boys who drowned in backyard pools last weekend.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
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