GOLD CANYON, AZ – Authorities say a 3-year-old boy who was pulled out of a swimming pool Monday in Gold Canyon has died.
“I just can’t believe he’s gone,” the boy’s grandmother, Beth Sutton said.
According to Pinal County Sheriff’s spokesman Elias Johnson, deputies responded to a drowning call around 5 p.m. Monday on the 17000 block of E. Paseo del Canto Street.
When crews arrived, they found the boy’s 27-year-old father performing CPR on him.
The child was blue in color and was not responsive.
He was transported to Arizona Regional Hospital by the Apache Junction Fire Department where doctors were able to establish a faint pulse.
The child was then flown to Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa where he was in extremely critical condition.
The boy passed away around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to Johnson.
The child’s grandmother said the boy and his father had been living at their home for nearly a year.
“Watch your babies. You have to have a minimum of one set of eyes on them at all times,” Sutton said.
The child was outside with a Labrador Retriever when he somehow fell into the water.
“We’ll never know exactly what happened,” Sutton said.
Deputies said there is a protective safety fence around the pool, but the entrance was left open.
The father claims he was away for approximately two minutes.
“Don’t walk by an open gate to your pool and say I’ll just be a minute. Fix it. Close it,” the boy’s grandfather, Tom Sutton advised other parents and grandparents.