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Toddler dies after being found at bottom of Phoenix pool

August 22, 2008

Phoenix fire officials report that a 2-year-old boy has died after falling into his backyard pool on Thursday.

Crews responded to the drowning call at 11:35 a.m. near 32nd Street and Chandler Boulevard.

Officials believe the toddler, Sean Marrujo, could have been in the water for approximately 10 minutes before he was pulled from the bottom of the pool by a sibling.

"It's an unfortunate situation," said Lt. Mark Tallman with the Phoenix Police Department.

"It just emphasizes it only takes a few minutes for your child to be out of your sight," added Tallman.

The pool did not have a fence around it, but there was a self-closing arcadia door that was locked.

Police on the scene said the boy was left alone in the family room for a short time while his mom was upstairs attending to three other children.

The mother went back in the room and saw her son in the pool through a window. He was not breathing and did not have a heartbeat when he was pulled from the water, according to authorities.

"I was upstairs folding clothes and heard a woman screaming," said neighbor David Coronado. "(Screaming) like from a horror movie."

CPR was reportedly administered by a family member until crews arrived at the scene.

The toddler was transported to a local hospital where he died at 12:55 p.m.

"Our prayers are with the family," said neighbor Luz Coronado.

The boy could have reached to pool by crawling through an open doggie door in the home and police urge the community to check the doggie door or any other possible areas of access for little ones to get into a pool or other standing water.

Police say this incident was an accident and there will not be any charges filed against any family members.

Reproduced with permission from:
Katrina Wessman
Copyright 2008

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