2-year-old boy drowns in El Mirage - KMSP-TV

El Mirage boy, 2, dies after drowning in pool

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EL MIRAGE, Ariz. -

It's the second day in a row that a valley child has drowned.

A 2-year-old boy got into the back yard unnoticed and was found in the family's swimming pool near El Mirage and Cactus Roads Sunday morning.

Family members found the child, gave him CPR and called paramedics.

Crews rushed the boy to an area hospital, but he did not survive.

"I was working on vehicles in the garage this morning and all I heard was this raging scream, all of a sudden sirens and everything else showed up. Paramedics had him they took him to the ambulance and started compressing on him," said John Hesketh.

Hesketh's family lives across the street. His wife had babysat for the toddler in the past.

"He's a happy little boy. He played and he'd come out here and see my wife because she watched him once in a while, and he'd blow kisses at her and say hi and stuff like that," said Hesketh.

He said the little boy had two older siblings and his family had recently moved here from Wisconsin.

Fire crews say the back yard pool did not have a fence around it.

"This is March we haven't even hit the swimming season yet. It goes to remind everybody you gotta watch your kids no matter what time of year. Put in these barriers, if you buy a house that doesn't have a pool fence, put one up," said El Mirage Fire Chief Howard Munding.

Chief Munding said this is a preventable tragedy that happens far too often in the valley.

"Kids are just, they're curious, they're going to get into everything. You really have to pay attention to them all the time," said Chief Munding.

On average, 90 people die every year in Arizona because of drowning.  In Phoenix, just in the first few months of the year so far, there have been nine drowning incidents, five involving children -- one of those kids died.

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