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A 3-year-old boy drowned Wednesday evening after he wandered away from his home and fell into a neighbor’s swimming pool, authorities said.

Golder Ranch firefighters responded to a home in a neighborhood near the 11000 block of North Oracle Road at about 6 p.m. after receiving a report from Oro Valley police about a child found in a backyard pool, said Golder Ranch Fire spokesman John Sullivan.

When firefighters arrived, the boy had already been pulled from the pool, Sullivan said. The boy’s condition was life-threatening and he was was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Oro Valley police were responding to a call for a missing child when they found the boy in the pool, he said.

The boy likely wandered into the neighbor’s yard and fell into the pool, said Oro Valley police spokeswoman Liz Wright.

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