Sep 062010

A two-year-old Phoenix girl was in critical condition Monday night after she nearly drowned in a backyard swimming pool.

Phoenix police officers and firefighters responded to reports of a drowning near 38th and Missouri avenues around 6:15 p.m., according to Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Jonathan Jacobs.

The girl was apparently playing on the first step in a family swimming pool when she fell under the water, Jacobs said. It was unknown how long the girl was underwater.

Two Phoenix police officers were the first to arrive and began giving the girl CPR, Jacobs said. She was not breathing and had no pulse.

Firefighters arrived within four minutes of the 911 call. The girl was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Jacobs said.

Jacobs said the family had all of the right pool gates and barriers, but the situation involved not watching the child closely enough.

“You have to be within physical contact with the child,” Jacobs said.

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