Nov 292010

Authorities say a toddler who was taken to a Valley hospitalSaturday after she was pulled from a backyard pool remains in criticalcondition.

Glendale Fire Department spokesman Daniel Valenzuelasaid the approximately 18-month-old girl was found floating in the poolat a home near 51st and Olive avenues.

Valenzuela said the girl was not breathing on her own when she was transported to the hospital.

Accordingto Valenzuela there were three adults home at the time, watching amovie. He said the girl was unaccounted for for at least 10 minutes.

“Thisholiday weekend will never be the same for this family or anyone whoknows the family,” he said. “Water doesn’t discriminate and drowningsaren’t something that only happens in warm weather.”

“It rips myheart out,” said Mary Jasmine, a neighbor who knows the family. “It isso important to keep your eyes on your kids. You only get them once.”

Valenzuela said there was a barrier between the pool and the house but did not believe there was a pool fence.

It’s unclear how the girl managed to get into the backyard.

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