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BOY, 5, DROWNS IN APARTMENTS' SWIMMING POOL

May 13, 2001

A 5-year-old boy who escaped from his parents' attention for 10 minutes drowned in a Mesa apartment complex swimming pool Saturday evening.

Alex Johnson apparently fell into the pool at the Shadow Creek Apartments at Dobson Road and University Drive after passing through an unlatched gate around 7:30 p.m., Mesa fire officials said. A neighbor spotted him and pulled him out, and responding firefighters were able to bring back a faint pulse, according to fire Capt. Paul Carbajal. But Alex died later at Desert Samaritan Hospital. It wasn't known how long the boy was in the water before he was discovered.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
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