Toddler pulled from Anthem swimming pool pronounced dead

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by azfamily.com

Video report by Steve Ryan

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 3 at 7:11 AM

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ANTHEM, Ariz. -- A 2-year-old boy has died after being pulled from a backyard swimming pool in Anthem, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

It occurred Thursday evening at a home near Interstate 17 and Daisy Mountain Drive.

Emergency responders received a 9-1-1 call around 6 p.m. about a child found unresponsive in a swimming pool. It is estimated the boy's mother lost track of him for about five minutes, according to Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputy Joaquin Enriquez.

The boy's mother began CPR, and sheriff's deputies took over until firefighters and paramedics arrived. The child's two siblings were also home at the time, Enriquez said.

"Our crews got right in. They put forth every bit of effort that they possibly could," Daisy Mountain Fire Capt. Dave Wilson said. "We're trained for this type of event. We train hard for it."

The child was transported to the nearby John C. Lincoln Sonoran Health and Emergency Center by ground ambulance. Enriquez said the boy was unresponsive in the ambulance and pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

Enriquez said there was no fence around the pool but the house had a security door for the backyard. It was unknown Friday how the boy gained access to the backyard.

Enriquez said the drowning appears to be an accident but it is still under investigation.

This is one of three calls in the past week reporting a toddler found in a Valley swimming pool.

Thursday morning, a 2-year-old boy nearly drowned after crawling under a broken pool fence at a home near Fourth Street and Union Hills Drive in north Phoenix.

A 3-year-old boy died after he was pulled from a swimming pool at a home near Camelback Road and 64th Street Sunday morning.

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