Boy nearly drowns in backyard pool in Phoenix


A two-year-old boy was in critical condition after being pulled from a pool Monday near Baseline Road and 27th Avenue.

Family members found the boy in the backyard pool and pulled him out, according to Capt. Evan Gammage, spokesperson with the Phoenix Fire Department. He was submerged for about two minutes.

Firefighters took the boy, who was in critical condition, to a hospital. He was breathing on his own when they got there. 

This was the fifth reported drowning or near drowning of a child in metro Phoenix in a week. 

On Saturday, a 3-year-old boy was taken to a hospital after nearly drowning in a pool at a home in the area of Frye and Alma School roads. 

A 16-month-old boy died after he was taken to a hospital on Friday in “severely critical condition” from nearly drowning in a pool at a home near 51st Avenue and Bell Road. 

In a separate incident, a 3-year-old boy was transported to a hospital in stable condition Friday evening after nearly drowning in a hotel pool in Phoenix near McDowell Road and 44th Street.

On Thursday, El Mirage Police Department arrested and charged a woman with child endangerment after a 1-year-old boy nearly drowned in a bathtub and was found unresponsive at a home in El Mirage on Thursday. The boy was taken to a hospital and was in critical condition as of Friday morning. 

Drowning prevention tips

Here are some tips to prevent drownings, from the city of Phoenix

  • Use an approved barrier to separate the pool from the house.
  • NEVER allow children to be alone near a pool or any water source. This includes bathtubs, buckets, toilets, ponds and canals.
  • Have life-saving devices near the pool, such as a hook, pole, or flotation device.
  • Keep large objects such as tables, chairs, tricycles or ladders away from pool fences.
  • NEVER leave children unattended in or around a pool. ALWAYS have a designated child watcher.
  • Do not allow children to play in the pool area. Store all toys outside of the pool area.
  • If you leave the pool area, take the child (children) with you.

Haleigh Kochanski contributed to this report. 

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