Toddler found in Surprise pool has died; may have been in water for hours

Police in Arizona say a 3-year-old girl who may have been left alone in a backyard pool for hours has died. (Source: Arizona's Family)
Published: Jul. 12, 2022 at 2:38 PM MST
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SURPRISE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — A 3-year-old girl has died after she was found in a backyard pool in Surprise on Tuesday afternoon. Police said somebody called 911 and said the girl who lives at a home near Reems and Greenway roads wasn’t moving in the pool. First responders arrived and took the girl to the hospital. Just before 7 p.m., police confirmed the girl had died.

“They love their kids. So yeah, it’s very sad,” Barb Boehler, a neighbor said. Boehler said the family has lived in the home for more than 11 years.

“Just heartbroken, I’ve seen the kids around and the parents and even the grandparents, it’s really sad,” Kimberly Gutwski, a neighbor said. Residents told Arizona’s Family the toddler lived at the home with her parents and grandparents.

Fire crews said it’s unclear how long the girl was in the water but it could have been up to three hours. Aerials from Arizona’s Family News Chopper showed there is no fence around the pool, which was looking a little green. No word yet who was supposed to be watching the girl. An investigation is underway.