PHOENIX — A Phoenix toddler is in critical condition after he was found by
his parents in the family’s swimming pool.
The Phoenix Fire Department responded to a call just after 11:30 a.m. Saturday
of a drowning at a home near 75th Avenue and Camelback Road.
Capt. Jonathan Jacobs said firefighters administered CPR to the 1-year-old boy,
who was not breathing.
Firefighters then took him to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Authorities said both parents were home and the pool did have a fence. They do not know how long the child was in the pool before he was discovered.
Jacobs said Phoenix police are investigating how the child managed to get into
the pool. He said the gate to the pool area did not appear to have the safety mechanisms needed to keep children out.
“We believe that the gate was left open. It did not have a self-closing latch on it,” Jacobs said. “And that child was able to get through that gate and into the pool area.”
The incident comes nearly two weeks after Phoenix firefighters treated a
19-month-old boy found floating in his family’s pool.
In that case, the toddler survived without significant injuries.
“This is pretty much familiar territory with all the drownings that have happened — that these are preventable,” Jacobs added.
KTAR’s Mark Remillard contributed to this report.