May 022012

MESA, Ariz. – Authorities say a young child had to be rescued after slipping under a pool fence in Mesa and getting into the water.

Mesa police say the approximately year-old girl was found in the pool at a home near Horne and 8th Avenue Sunday afternoon.

Before officers arrived a passing neighbor saw the mother of the girl holding the child near the street and yelling for help.

The neighbor reportedly has prior medical training and stopped to check the child and start CPR after he felt no pulse.

After several rescue breaths the child coughed up water and began crying.

She was turned over to Mesa fire rescue crews who inserted a small tube in the girl’s stomach and removed a small amount of pool water.

The girl was taken to a local hospital for treatment and is expected to be OK.

Police say the pool had a fence and was properly secured, but it appeared the child may have slipped underneath in an area where the family dogs may have dug in an attempt to get under.

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