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Boy, 3, slips past gate, falls into apartment pool

July 20, 2009

A 3-year-old boy was in critical condition Monday morning after he left his father's apartment in Phoenix, somehow got past the gate of the community pool and nearly drowned.

At about 10:13 a.m., a security officer at the apartment complex, near 27th and Glenrosa avenues, noticed the boy floating in the pool, pulled him out and began performing CPR, said Capt Dorian Jackson, a spokesman with the Phoenix Fire Department.

The officer then called 911. Phoenix firefighters responded and found that the boy was lethargic.

The boy was taken to an area hospital in critical condition, Jackson said.

The boy's father was asleep in the apartment when his son left the apartment and went to the pool area, officials said.

Jackson said the pool did have a surrounding gate, but it was unclear how the boy was able to get inside.

No other information was immediately available.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
Rosha Safarmehdi
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