Toddler pulled from backyard swimming pool dies at hospital

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A 3-year-old boy has died after being pulled from a swimming pool at a home on the border between Phoenix and Scottsdale Sunday morning.

Firefighters were dispatched shortly after 8:30 a.m. to the home near Camelback Road and 64th Street.

The Scottsdale Fire Department was first on scene, arriving at the home within four minutes of being dispatched, according to Phoenix Fire Capt. Jonathan Jacobs. The child was not breathing and an adult was administering CPR under the direction of a 911 dispatcher.

The toddler was transported to Phoenix Children's Hospital by the Phoenix Fire Department in very critical condition.

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump said the toddler died at the hospital.

"During this 911 call, there were quite a few adults that were in the house," Jacobs said. "The scene seemed very chaotic."

Fire officials said the other people inside the home lost track of the boy and he had been missing for at least 10 minutes before he was found in the pool.

The child and his family were visiting the Scottsdale family from another part of Arizona and had stayed the night at the home.

Jacobs said there was no fence around the pool. The youngest people who live in the home are teenagers.

This is the first drowning the Phoenix Fire Department has responded to this year involving a child under age 5, Jacobs said.

"When you're looking at kids that are less than 5 years of age, they don't have the ability to recognize the danger," Jacobs said. "Everything that they associate with a pool is fun."