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Posted at 10:28 PM ET, 06/14/2010

Boy, 3, in critical condition in pool incident

By Erica Johnston

A 3-year-old boy was in critical condition Monday after being rescued from a swimming pool by a lifeguard, pool manager, police officers and firefighters, Montgomery County officials said.

The boy was found in the pool in Burtonsville shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday, when pool staffers showed up for work. The pool area was locked at the time, but the boy had managed to gain access, according to Montgomery police.

According to a preliminary investigation, the boy and his 10-year-old brother had been playing in an apartment playground area Sunday morning. They became separated, and the 10-year-old went to tell their mother.

“Because the mother knew that the younger son had previously talked about wanting to go to the pool,” Montgomery police said in a statement, “she went there to look for him. She arrived just as pool staff members were arriving and found the boy in the pool.”

The pool manager and a lifeguard began chest compressions and rescue breathing.

When police officers arrived, one of them took over providing chest compressions, police said. Rescue workers from the fire department arrived, and the boy was taken to a hospital, where he began to partially breathe on his own, officials said.

Police said he was in “critical but stable condition” on Monday.

Police were investigating how the little boy gained access to the pool, officials said.

-- Dan Morse

By Erica Johnston  | June 14, 2010; 10:28 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Poor kid. I hope he pulls through and doesn't suffer major damage. His poor mother is probably beside herself.

Posted by: brandip_77 | June 14, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

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