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Child nearly drowns in family pool

by DIANA RUGG / NewsChannel 36
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Posted on November 13, 2010 at 6:46 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- A young girl clings to life following a near-drowning in a back yard pool.

That little girl is currently listed in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center.

Police say her parents weren't far away when she slipped into a pool.

Investigators say the parents were playing with their daughter in the family's back yard when a moment later she was gone.

The father checked the pool and that's where he found her.

The in-ground pool is mostly drained, so there was only a couple feet of water at most.

Police are not sure how long the little girl, believed to be about three-years-old, was underwater before her father found her.

The parents performed CPR until police and firefighters arrived.

MEDIC continued until they arrived at the hospital and doctors at the ER reported they did find vital signs.

Neighbors are relieved, but also reminded that losing sight of a child for just a moment around water can turn out disastrous.

"We didn't even know they had a pool back there, but that's number one priority for us -- especially having two young children. Always knowing the safety of where your children are at all times -- especially when they're young and don't understand water safety as much," says neighbor Brittany Rosol.

Drownings are the number two cause of unintentional injury deaths for children under 14 in the united states.

Layers of protection, including pool safety fencing, are the best way to prevent drownings.

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