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TOT FALLS IN POOL, IS 'CRITICAL'

March 25, 2001

A 1-year-old was in critical condition Saturday after family members found the boy floating face down in a pool at a north Phoenix home.

Firefighters said Kenton Taylor crawled through a dog opening in a locked door about 11 a.m. in the 2200 block of East Paradise Lane, near Greenway Parkway and Cave Creed Road. The boy found his way to the unfenced pool, where family members found him. Firefighters said he had been underwater for two to 10 minutes.

With the help of a 911 operator, family members administered CPR to the boy, but he was in full cardiac arrest when firefighters arrived. He was airlifted to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

Kenton had a pulse and was responding to some stimuli but was unconscious on arrival at the hospital, firefighters said.

Kenton's is the 11th drowning or near-drowning incident in Phoenix this year, and the sixth involving a child, Battalion Chief Charles Hood said. Of the 11 incidents, one was a fatality.

Hood urged residents to childproof their pools and look at any breaches, such as pet doors, that can allow a child access to a pool.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
Byline: The Arizona Republic
©Copyright 2001 Arizona Republic

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