PD: Arizona boy in extremely critical condition after near drowning

GOLD CANYON, AZ - A 3-year-old boy remains in extremely critical condition after being found in the family pool in Gold Canyon.

According to Pinal County Sheriff's spokesman Elias Johnson, deputies responded to a drowning call around 5 p.m. Monday.

When crews arrived, they found the boy's 27-year-old father performing CPR on him.

Johnson said one of the deputies immediately took over and resumed CPR.

The child was blue in color and was not responsive.

He was transported to Arizona Regional Hospital by the Apache Junction Fire Department where doctors were able to establish a faint pulse.

The child was then flown to Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa where he remains in extremely critical condition Tuesday morning.

Johnson said that as of 10 a.m. the boy was not breathing on his own and has been unresponsive.

Johnson said, according to the father, the two were visiting the child's grandparents to swim at their home when he left the child to use the bathroom.

The child was outside with a Labrador Retriever when he somehow fell into the water.

Deputies said there is a protective safety fence around the pool, but the entrance was left open.

The father claims he was away for approximately two minutes.

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