Boy pulled from bottom of pool during birthday party

CHANDLER, AZ - A 3-year-old boy was rushed to a Valley hospital after he was pulled from the bottom of a backyard pool in Chandler on Sunday.

Chandler Fire Department spokesman Tom Dwiggins said the boy was at a birthday party at a home near McQueen and Chandler Heights roads where there were many children and adults.

As the party was winding down at about 4:30 p.m., the boy was found at the bottom of the pool and pulled out, Dwiggins said.

He added that a 911 dispatcher gave CPR instructions until paramedics arrived and took over.

The child was transported to the hospital in extremely critical condition.

“What we didn't have [at the party] was that eye-to-eye supervision, where somebody is always watching the kids in there,” Dwiggins said.

Dwiggins recommended adults take turns watching children in a pool at any party-type situation. He said adults could take 20-minute shifts, making sure to pay full attention to everyone in the pool and avoid distractions like texting.

A woman who answered the door at the home declined to elaborate on the situation.

She said the boy did not live at the home.

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