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Girl, 2, nearly drowns in family pool for 2nd time

Aug. 31, 2007

A 2-year-old Mesa girl nearly drowned in her great-grandparents' pool Thursday evening, seven months after she was pulled from the same pool.

The family had built a fence around the pool after a January incident, but this time the child escaped the house through a doggie door, according to Mesa Police.

When police arrived at the residence in the 1300 block of E. Fountain St., the great-grandfather was administering CPR to the toddler. He told police that he and his wife had tucked the child into bed but discovered her missing about five minutes later. The great-grandfather later found the child in the pool, pulled her out and began CPR. Authorities arrived at about 8:20 p.m. and treated the child, who had labored breathing.

The child was transported to Banner Desert Medical Center and remained overnight for observation.

In the January incident the child ended up in the pool after a family member left the back door unlocked, police said. The mother, 20, said she had been folding clothes while her daughter watched television. After 10 minutes the mother said she noticed her child was missing and checked the pool. The great-grandfather heard the mother scream and administered CPR after pulling the child from the pool. The child was alert and breathing by the time she was transported to the hospital.

The child and her mother live with the great-grandparents, police said. The case is being referred to Child Protective Services for investigation, according to police.
Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
By C.J. Marsh
Copyright 2007 Arizona Republic

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