Toddler drowns in Peoria backyard pool

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

PEORIA - A toddler died Saturday evening after slipping into a backyard pool and a reminder for all of us that it can happen at any time of year in any kind of weather.

Medics tried to save a two and a half year old boy en route to the hospital after Peoria police say he nearly drowned in the pool behind his family's home near 75th Avenue and Cholla.

The little boy's father found him floating in the pool, according to a spokesman for the Peoria fire department.He wasn't breathing when fire fighters got to the house and was non-responsive when he was airlifted to Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Sources say the boy had been under water for nearly five minutes before he was found in the water.

Police stayed on scene into the evening to gather evidence about just how such an accident could happen.

No word on how the little boy got to the backyard, or how he made it into the pool.

The boy had been missing for about 20 minutes before his father found him.

Police say it is a haunting reminder for parents to keep a close watch on their young ones.

An account has been set up to help the family at Bank of America called the Eric Rosario Hart Memorial/Funeral Fund. Anyone wanting to donate can refernce that at any Bank of America. Also on Sunday the family is holding a car wash at Auto Zone on 67th Avenue and Peoria from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.