Toddler found 'lifeless' in backyard pool, teen performs CPR
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A two-year-old boy was found "lifeless" in a backyard pool Sunday morning at house on Mallard Avenue near U.S. Highway 95 and Jones Boulevard.
According to the Las Vegas Fire Department, a 13-year-old family member found the child at about 9:36 a.m.
The teenager was performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the child when medical personnel arrived.The toddler was transported to University Medical Center in extremely critical condition.
The child's current condition is not known.
Family members said that when they woke up Sunday morning, they noticed that the boy was missing.
He was discovered floating in the pool a short time later. It is not known how long he was in the pool before being discovered.
The incident happened in a newly-purchased above-ground swimming pool that the family was getting ready for the Fourth of July holiday.
The family put the pool together on Saturday and had left a hose in the pool to fill overnight.
They took the ladder away and put it inside the pool so that the family's children could not climb in.
However, there was a plastic box nearby and it is believed that the child climbed up on the box and fell into the pool. The pool had several toys inside of it and the child may have been trying to retrieve on of the toys.
There was about two feet of water in the pool at the time.
One of the leading reasons for accident death for children less than four years of age in Southern Nevada is water related.
On average, eight children drown each year in Southern Nevada.
Everyone is encouraged to practive the A-B-C-Ds of drowing prevention.
A -- Adult Supervision
B -- Barriers
C -- Classes in C.P.R.
D -- Devices (personal flotation devices)
Neighbors say that the family, especialy the kids, were always friendly. And the leader of the neighborhood youth group, the Pee Wee Posse, said she is going to use the tragedy to teach kids in the area more about pool safety.