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Toddler drowns in pool, surveillance camera catches firefighters' arrival

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PHOENIX -

A toddler died after being pulled from the bottom of a pool Sunday afternoon.

The little boy was going to turn 2-years-old in September.

A neighbor's surveillance camera caught the heart-wrenching scene that unfolded outside a home after a call for help was placed.

Neighbors say they have the surveillance cameras for their own protection, but Sunday it caught a gut-wrenching scene outside their home as firefighters arrived to try to save a boy found at the bottom of a backyard pool.

The surveillance video shows a mother running outside, then looking and waiting for help to arrive.

Firefighters say they got a call around 3:45 p.m. that a child was found at the bottom of a pool at a home near 35th Avenue and Peoria.

The boy wasn't breathing.

Seconds later, the mother spotted the fire truck down the street, she ran out into the driveway and waved her arms frantically as she flagged it down.

A firefighter ran to the back of the engine, pulled out a backboard and hustled inside.

Crews say the father had already started CPR on his little boy.

"It's very unfortunate, only took a matter of seconds. They lost track of the child in the house," said Phoenix Fire Capt. Tony Mure.

Mure says the child's mother, father, 11-year-old sister and the mother's friend were all home at the time.

"One parent assumed the other parent was watching the younger child," said Mure. "This little toddler somehow got out the backdoor into the backyard. There is no secondary fence to the pool and had direct access to the pool."

Firefighters say the child could have been in the pool for up to 10 minutes before anyone noticed.

The boy was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Firefighters stress the importance of pool fences.

If you need a fence, call the fire department. There is a program in place to help those in need install or modify a pool fence.

Learn CPR, make sure doors are locked, know where your children are at all times and watch your children around water.

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