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March 31, 2000

A Casa Grande mother pulled her 6-year-old daughter from a motel swimming pool Thursday evening and administered CPR to get the girl breathing again.

The mother and her four children were using a hot tub at the Inn Suites at 1651 W. Baseline Road in Guadalupe when the mother lost sight of the girl for about a minute, Guadalupe Fire Chief Greg Parkinson said.

The mother apparently thought her daughter was heading back to their room, then saw the girl floating face-down at the top of the pool.

The girl was blue and wasn't breathing when she was pulled from the pool, Parkinson said.

The mother performed CPR for about three minutes before the girl vomited and started breathing again. The girl, whose name was not released, was taken to Maricopa Medical Center, where she was expected to stay overnight for observation.

''There were probably 10 people in the hot tub and pool area, and no one was assigned to watch the little ones,'' Parkinson said. ''I hate to sound like a commercial, but it's one of those few-second things.''

The girl was the second child to fall into water this week. On Sunday, a 6-year-old Phoenix boy fell into a canal and died Monday.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
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