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GIRL, 2, IS 6TH CHILD TO DROWN IN PHOENIX THIS YEAR

May 16, 2001

A 2-year-old girl died early Tuesday morning after she slipped into her family's backyard pool. The girl was the sixth child to drown this year in Phoenix.

"Obviously, we're having a bad season," said Deputy Chief Bob Khan of the Phoenix Fire Department. Mercedes Isabel Adame was found by her parents about 6:30 a.m. The home is in the 300 block of West Wilshire Drive.

It's unclear how the child got into the pool, but she was under water for "an extensive period of time," Khan said. The pool was not fenced.

Another 2-year-old girl who had slipped into a pool on Sunday was the fifth pediatric drowning this year. Jamilah Roland was pronounced dead Monday at Phoenix Children's Hospital, Khan said.

Meanwhile, Mesa police and county health inspectors have determined that a gate latch surrounding a swimming pool at a Mesa apartment where a 3-year-old boy drowned Saturday evening was not working as it was supposed to, said Detective Tim Gaffney, a spokesman for the department. Pool gates are supposed to automatically close and latch, under state, county and city ordinances.

Alex Johnson, 3, apparently entered the pool area through an unlatched gate and fell into the pool at the Shadow Creek Apartments at Dobson Road and University Drive about 7:30 p.m Saturday, according to the Mesa Fire Department.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
Byline: Christina Leonard and Betty Beard
©Copyright 2001 Arizona Republic

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