Near drowning in West Phoenix

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A toddler is fighting for her life after she was found at the bottom of a pool in West Phoenix.

It happened Sunday at an apartment complex on 43rd Avenue just north of McDowell Road.

The little girl was then rushed to Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Firefighters said a woman with two boys was watching the little girl.

They said the three kids were sharing water wings as they played in the shallow end of the pool.

“Don't ever trust those water wings that slide on your arm,” Phoenix Fire Department Capt. Tony Mure sad. “We've had drownings over the years with those. Either a child can deliberately pull those off or they slide off and that child is in grave danger."

Mure said the babysitter didn't realize the girl was under water until another kid came over to play with the girl and told the babysitter she was not there.

“So we don't know how long the child had been missing and obviously they started looking and found the child at the bottom of the pool," Mure said.

Firefighters said there was another little girl in the pool that the babysitter thought was the 3-year-old she was watching.

“I think the intentions were good. The fence was in good shape. The gate was in good shape," Mure said. "It was a misidentity of some sort where the adult mother was watching three children and the backs of their heads and the one girl looked similar to another girl."

The child was pulled out by two adults before paramedics got there and took over.

Mure said the adults started CPR on the girl, but she was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition.