Toddler nearly drowns in Mesa pool

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

MESA, Ariz. -- An 18-month-old girl nearly drowned Sunday in a backyard swimming pool.

It happened at the home where she lives near Dobson and Guadalupe roads.

The incident was reported with a 911 call at 4:50 p.m.

"Police and fire responded, talked to the parents, they said they lost sight of the child for approximately five minutes or so," said Det. Esteban Flores with the Mesa Police Dept.

The girl was transported to a hospital where she is reportedly in critical condition.

"One parent was gone to the store. The other parent was home with two other children. We're currently investigating to find out exactly when the other parent lost track of the 18-month-old little girl," explained Det. Flores.

Apparently, it was the mother who was home with three children, who were all under the age of five.

"An 18-month-old obviously is hard to keep track of for anybody. At this point we had one parent who was inside with an infant and somehow she just lost track of the 18-month-old for a span of one to five minutes," said Det. Flores.

The child made it out of the home somehow and possibly into the garage, according to Capt. Ken Hall with the Mesa Fire Dept.

There is a door in the garage that leads to the backyard. The pool is surrounded by a fence but the gate may not have been working properly.

"There was a pool fence in place but it sounds like there could have potentially been a mechanism that wasn't operating fully. So that mechanism didn't fully close possibly. We don't know if the gate was closed or not," said Capt. Hall.

Capt. Hall said it appears a family member took the child out of the pool and brought her in the home.

"Someone in the family had already been doing CPR. Our crews took over CPR. We were able to regain some pulses. Transported the child here to Cardon Children's Medical Center for some follow up care."

There was no update on the child's condition as of Monday morning.

"Children are very resilient when it comes to making their way through doorways, getting past pool fences. It's just another stark reminder to let parents know you need to watch your children especially if you have a pool regardless of if there's a fence around it."

That's true no matter what the weather is like.

"Anytime of the year when there's water around there always has to be the barriers in place and adult supervision. Children can get into water at any point. It doesn't necessarily have be hot out so we always have to be watching and supervising those children absolutely as much as possible."