Glendale girl drowns during pool party

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PEORIA, Ariz. – A 5-year-old Glendale girl has died after being pulled from a backyard swimming pool during a party.

Madison Richards was at a pool party with her family at a friend’s home in Peoria Saturday night.

It was during the party that Madison was spotted at the bottom of the pool.

When emergency crews arrived at the home near 91st Avenue and Union Hills Drive, Madison was not breathing, said Mike Tellef, spokesman for the Peoria police and fire departments.

“They started first-aid treatment and advanced life-support treatment right away, Tellef said.

The little girl was flown to Banner Thunderbird Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead.

Tellef said three adults were in the pool when Madison went under. By the time they noticed, however, it was too late.