3-year-old critical after near drowning

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by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Jason Volentine

Posted on March 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 5 at 11:49 AM

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PHOENIX -- A 3-year-old boy is fighting for his life at a local hospital after he was found in a pool in Phoenix Sunday morning.

The boy was unresponsive when crews from the Phoenix Fire Department responded to a home near Union Hills Drive and 24th Avenue at around 10 a.m., according to Capt. Jonathan Jacobs.

"This appears to just be a real bad accident -- a preventable accident," he said. "The family was up. They just had breakfast together. ... People just lose track of where somebody is and unfortunately it has a tremendously bad result.

The child was treated at the scene then transported to the hospital. At last check, the little boy was in critical condition.

There is no word on how he got into the pool or how long he was in the water, but Jacobs said there is no protective fencing around the pool.

Jacobs said this family's tragedy should serve as a reminder to everybody who has a swimming pool, especially families with children.

"It's a complacency deal," he said. "Everybody knows that these drownings are preventable. We have ... to make sure we're educating people. People have to have to listen to it because it [drowning] holds no bias.

"It doesn't just happen in South or West Phoenix," he continued. "It can happen everywhere. We see it every year. It doesn't matter what your education level is or how much money you make. If you don't watch your child or you don't have these protective barriers, you're definitely at risk for having a drowning at your home."

Phoenix ordinances put in place in the early 1990s require -- at a minimum -- a fence with a self-closing, self-latching door or gate around all swimming pools if  there is a child younger than 6 who lives in the home or visits regularly.


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