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Boy in CPS custody after near-drowning

April 8, 2009

After nearly drowning Friday night, a recovering 3-year-old boy from El Mirage was not reunited with his family upon release from the hospital. Instead he was taken into custody by Child Protective Services Tuesday after an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident raised safety questions, according to El Mirage police.

Bill Louis, with the El Mirage police department, said that when officers originally responded to the near drowning call, they found no security fence around the backyard pool. According to police, a subsequent investigation by Child Protective Services raised the question of whether the boy's mother allowed the child to play unsupervised around the pool.

Most drowning cases develop as "pure accident," said Louis. "This was a little more difficult."

Investigation of the case will continue, Louis said.


Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
Channing Turner
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