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Phoenix toddler is first drowning fatality of year

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1-year-old boy drowns in backyard pool 1-year-old boy drowns in backyard pool

Authorities say a baby pulled from a backyard pool of a Phoenix home Sunday has died.

Phoenix fire spokesman Jorge Enriquez said family members found the boy, who is about 1 1/2 years old, in the pool of their home near 32nd Street and McDowell late Sunday morning.

The boy's mom told police she had only lost track of the little boy for about five minutes.

"They accidentally left the gate open and she asked the sister to go and get the baby and the little sisters didn't go and get him fast enough," said Kerri Settle, a cousin.

A short time later the boy's grandmother went to take out the trash and found him in the water.

"One of the family members jumped into the pool, took the kid out and started doing CPR," Enriquez said.  "The kid was full of water. He was floating to the top. The pool was green, so he must have been there for a while so that he would float up."

Enriquez said the family called 911.

Firefighters took the boy to a local hospital where he died. The child became the first drowning fatality of the year.

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. James Holmes said this incident appears to be a terrible tragedy, but accidental.

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