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3 year-old boy drowns in Arcadia pool

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A 3-year-old boy died on Sunday after he was pulled out of a pool in Phoenix. Firefighters say the boy could have been in the backyard pool for as long as 10 minutes before anyone noticed.

The boy was pulled from the pool by family members. Crews got the home within 4 minutes of the 9-1-1 call and found the three year-old without a pulse and not breathing.

Despite having several people in the home investigators say the little boy was able to get outside and into the pool unnoticed.

Larry Harris lives nearby and noticed all the emergency vehicles lining his normally quiet street. "It's tragic, I mean what else can you say" said Harris.

The call came in around 8:30 a.m. and dispatchers walked the family through CPR until firefighters arrived.

"During this 911 call there were quite a few adults in the house, the scene seemed very chaotic," said Captain Jonathan Jacobs with Phoenix Fire.

Paramedics took the boy to a nearby hospital where he later died. Firefighters say there were 4 adults and teenage children in the home at the time of the drowning. There was no pool fence or any type of barrier surrounding the pool to prevent the accident. Jacobs said the boy's family was visiting another family that does not have small children.

"These little children that are 3 years-old can reach and open arcadia doors french doors next thing you know theyre out in that pool area and they've become a victim," said Capt. Jacobs.

"I can see where something can happen.early in the morning not everybodys up, there's a lot going on in the house and you might forget for what they say all it takes is 30 seconds," said Harris.

Capt. Jacobs said drownings are unbiased, "it doesn't matter your ethnicity or where you live, this can happen to anyone."

"We always need to be watching, always need to be vigilant, these are all preventable" said Jacobs.

Statistics from Phoenix Fire show that this is the first drowning of a child under the age of five this year.

 

Fire crews responded to the home near Camelback and 63rd Street at about 8:30 a.m.  Family members found the boy in the pool and quickly called 911 as bystanders performed CPR.  Fire crews believe the toddler was in the water for at least ten minutes.  Several adults and teenagers were inside the home at the time. 

The child had no pulse and was not breathing as first responders rushed the toddler to the hospital while giving him CPR.  Firefighters say he has passed away.

The boy had been visiting the Valley with family members.  A spokesperson for Phoenix Fire Department says there was no fence around the pool, and it's not clear if there were any barriers set up. 

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