Economy partly to blame for increase in drownings

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PHOENIX -- The economy is still struggling and now experts say it's partly to blame for an increase in child drownings.

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So far this year, nine kids under the age of 12 have drowned in Maricopa County.

Drownings didn't reach that number until the end of July last year.

There have been 72 other water-related accidents involving children this year compared with only 62 by the same time last year.

Water-safety advocates blame the increase in drownings on declining enrollment in swimming and CPR classes, pool fences that don't get built because of cost, and stressed-out parents who often lose track of their kids.