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October 31, 1999

Fifteen-month-old Steven Luis "Estaban" Tejeda had been walking for only two or three months when he toddled out a back door and drowned in the family swimming pool Saturday.

Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Robert Kahn said the boy's mother, Gloria, 22, was cleaning the family's home in the 1800 block of North 73rd Drive and discovered her only son floating in the pool when she went outside.

The toddler was pronounced dead at Maryville Samaritan Medical Center shortly after 10:15 a.m.

"When we got there the family was trying to do CPR on him in the front yard," Kahn said. "He was without pulse or respiration. We worked on him all the way to the hospital but were unable to revive him."

Steven became the 45th child to be pulled from a pool and the fifth to drown in Phoenix this year, Kahn said.

"As the numbers go, we've had a very good year as far as fatalities," he said, noting that the city usually logs about 10 drownings by this time of year. Kahn said an effort to educate pool owners has paid off but residents still need to be aware of the danger.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
Byline: Compiled from reports by Republic staff writers.
©Copyright 1999 Arizona Republic

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