Toddler critical after falling in pool at Phoenix home

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PHOENIX -- A toddler was transported to a local hospital after he was found in a backyard pool Wednesday morning.

Phoenix fire Capt. Jonathan Jacobs said crews responded to a home near 41st Avenue and Greenway Road at approximately 7:40 a.m. after a 17-month-old boy reportedly fell into a pool.

According to Jacobs, the boy was home with his father and there also were some other people in the house. The dad said he fell asleep on the couch for a little while and when he woke up, he found the child in the pool.

The father pulled his son out of the pool and started CPR until firefighters arrived.

The boy was transported to a hospital in extremely critical condition.

At this time, it is not clear how the child got out of the house.

Jacobs said the child could have been in the pool for up to an hour.

There was no fence around the pool and Jacobs said a big Tonka truck was found in the shallow end.

Jacobs said this is the 20th drowning-related incident in Phoenix so far this year.

"These are preventable incidents," Jacobs said. "There's no magic pill, there's no magic fence, you have to watch your child."