Family grieves for 1-year-old boy who drowned in pool


by Erika Flores

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Posted on March 23, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Updated Sunday, Mar 23 at 11:20 AM

PHOENIX -- The family of a 1-year-old boy who drowned in a swimming pool Saturday morning described him as a happy and playful kid.

Family members said they lost track of Nelson Isaiah Luna for a few seconds, but that's all it took for him to make his way into the backyard pool of their home near 75th Avenue and Camelback Road..

Irma Martinez said she thought her grandson was with his father at the time.

"I heard him going out and the boy calling, 'Daddy, Daddy.' " Martinez said.

She then heard the truck door shut and thought Isaiah was going somewhere with his dad. Seconds later, she heard her daughter looking for Isaiah.

“I heard her cry out loudly and then I saw her hugging him, and I realized what happened,” she said.

Isaiah was pulled from the pool and neighbors performed CPR until paramedics arrived shortly after 11:30 a.m.

He was transported to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

In the afternoon, Phoenix firefighters received another drowning call at 33rd and Peoria avenues.

"I felt really terrified," Robert Johnson said.

Robert and Xzavier Johnson said they were in the hot tub at their apartment complex with other kids who were visiting for a birthday party.

Robert said parents were barbecuing nearby.

"I just felt something on my leg,” Xzavier said. "What I thought is that it was a rock or something ... then I kind of dived in there to see because there were bubbles around so I tried moving bubbles out then it was an actual little girl."

"We picked her up, and we did whatever we could," Robert said.

When the parents realized the 3-year-old girl had slipped underwater and become unconscious, they started to panic and called 911, Robert said.

She was rushed to a hospital
in serious condition.

Phoenix fire officials say a drowning can happen anywhere from three seconds to three minutes, so it's crucial for parents to watch their kids around water at all times.