A 5-year-old girl and her 2-year-old brother were pulled from their backyard pool on Saturday. The parents were inside the house painting when the father realized the children were gone. The father went to look for them in the backyard and found them both under the water. When the paramedics arrived they found the boy breathing on his own but had to begin CPR on the girl. Both children were airlifted to the hospital.
As the summer goes on sometimes parents tend to start relaxing the pool restrictions. We have gotten maybe a little too comfortable with the kids around the pool because we have been swimming or playing around and near it all summer long and nothing bad has happened. So now we can relax, right? WRONG! This is exactly when something bad happens. Children are always waiting for the one moment mom and dad turn their heads. They can’t help it they are naturally curious beings. Please, don’t give them the opportunity.
Arizona law requires that a pool be enclosed by a fence, but the law cannot force a parent to close the gate, lock the back door, or keep their eyes on their child. We have to take responsibility to do that.
I have handled a good number of child drowning cases. I promise you, any amount of money that you might get because another person fails to watch your child---is NOT WORTH IT! No one wins in these cases, and always, the lives of families and those responsible are devastated by these accidents. Please don’t be the next one!!
We send our hopes and prayers to these two families for the well being of their children.
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