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Toddler rushed to Valley hospital after nearly drowning

February 13, 2009

A 3-year-old toddler is in critical condition after being pulled from a Phoenix pool Thursday evening.

Phoenix Fire Department Investigators say it appears as though the boy was playing with a dog in the backyard of the home and got into the water.

"It appears as though the 3-year-old was in the water for five to ten minutes," said Phoenix Fire Division Chief Mark Faulkner.

Investigators on the scene near 20th Avenue and Bethany Home Road said the boy does not live in the Valley and was visiting friends.

The pool was not completely full.

Neighbors say the homeowner recently drained the pool and that the deep end gathered about three feet of water due to rainfall.

"The pool does have a fence around it, but the gate appears to be broken and propped open," said Faulkner.

The boy was pulled out of the murky water by someone who was at the home.

The toddler was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital.

Phoenix Police Department Detectives and a crime scene investigation unit were at the home Thursday night.

It is unknown at this point if charges will be filed.

Reproduced with permission from:
Christopher Sign
Copyright 2009 The E.W. Scripps Co.

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