Child in 'walker' pulled from pool at Phoenix home

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – A toddler nearly drowned in a backyard pool near Shea Boulevard and 42nd Street in Phoenix Friday morning.

Firefighters and police officers found the child awake and crying in a neighbor's front yard at approximately 7:45 a.m.

The father reported that the 1-year-old was in a "walker." He said he briefly stepped away and found the child in the pool with his legs still in the walker, according to Capt. Ruben Saavedra with the Phoenix Fire Department.

The father pulled the toddler from the pool and took him to a neighbor's house for help.

Neighbors said the child was not breathing and was blue in color. CPR was initiated until firefighters arrived on scene and took over treatment.

The toddler was taken to a local children's hospital.

Saavedra said there was a pool fence, but the latching device may have failed.

"This brings a strong point of emphasis on not to develop a false sense of security based on having a pool fence," Saavedra said. "A pool fence is just one barrier against preventing drowning."

There have been several pool-related incidents in the Valley over the past week.

A 2-year-old boy died Thursday after being pulled from a backyard swimming pool at a home near Interstate 17 and Daisy Mountain Drive in Anthem.

A 2-year-old boy nearly drowned after crawling under a broken pool fence at a home near Fourth Street and Union Hills Drive in north Phoenix Thursday morning.

A 3-year-old boy died after he was pulled from a swimming pool at a home near Camelback Road and 64th Street Sunday morning.