Toddler nearly drowns in backyard pool

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PHOENIX -- An 18-month-old boy is in serious condition after nearly drowning in his family's backyard swimming pool.

No real pool fence

Toddler nearly drowns in backyard pool - An 18-month-old boy is in serious condition after nearly drowning in his family's backyard swimming pool.

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Rescue crews were called out to 75th Avenue and Indian School Road shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday.

Family members discovered the toddler missing and found him floating face-up in the green water a short time later.

The mother was able to pull the child from the pool, but it's not clear if she performed CPR.

According to Capt. Dorian Jackson of the Phoenix Fire Department, the toddler was lethargic, very pale and spitting up water when paramedics arrived at the home. The little boy was in serious condition when he was rushed to the hospital.

There was a makeshift four-foot tall mesh fence around the pool, Jackson said, but it's possible that it blew down during Friday night's storm, giving the toddler open access.

"It was not a proper barrier," Jackson said.

The child remained in the hospital Saturday night.