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Police: Pool gate where toddler drowned broken

April 17, 2007

A 3-year-old boy died in an apparent drowning in an apartment complex swimming pool in Mesa Monday morning.

Colin Keran was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, Mesa police spokeswoman Holly Hosac said.

Two 19-year-old residents saw a 5-year-old boy playing around the gated pool. They then noticed the 3-year-old floating, Hosac said. The 5-year-old boy is the victim's brother, police said. The drowning occurred at the Village at Sun Valley Apartments in the 7500 block of East Billings Street, near University Drive and Sossaman Road, at about 9:48 a.m. Monday. advertisement

The parents were home at the time of the drowning, Hosac said. The father, who works at night, was in bed and the mother told police she was sick with the flu and also in bed. The parents told police they had no idea the boys had left the apartment, Hosac said. The victim and his brother were found in their pajamas.

Police also determined the pool gate doesn't latch, Hosac said.

A woman who lives across from the pool heard male voices this morning yelling to call 911, and ran outside to help.

"I was screaming 'Where are the parents to this baby?' while the guys tried to give the boy CPR," Sheila Blakely said.

Blakely said Keran's brother was standing by the pool sucking his thumb. "He looked like he was in a state of shock."

Neighbors of the family said just yesterday the parents were looking for Keran.

"It's not the first time. (The mother) is always looking for him while he's running around outside," said Juan Torres, who lives in a neighboring unit.

Both the victim and his brother were wearing little blue printed pajamas, Blakely said.

"Every time I think about that baby it hurts," Blakely said through tears. "I couldn't do anything but just see him lie there. It's like a picture in my head."
Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
By Kirsten Keane and Senta Scarborough
Copyright 2007 Arizona Republic

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