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Toddler dies after being pulled from backyard pool in Chandler

Emergency crews were called to the home near Queen Creek and Alma School roads just before 5 p.m.

CHANDLER, Ariz — A 2-year-old girl had died after being pulled from a backyard pool in Chandler Tuesday evening, according to the Chandler Fire Department. 

Emergency crews were called to the home near Queen Creek and Alma School roads just before 5 p.m.

Chandler firefighters said the girl was unresponsive when she was pulled from the pool. 

The girl was transported to the hospital in critical condition but later died from her injuries. 

"The patient was transported to a local hospital and after a tremendous effort by hospital staff and paramedics the decision was made to discontinue efforts," firefighters said. 

It's unclear at this time how long the child was underwater.

This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for updates.

Drowning prevention tips:

Drowning is the leading cause of death for children between ages 1-4 aside from birth defects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three children die every day as a result of drowning. Here are some tips from the CDC on how to protect children around water:

Learn life-saving skills.

Everyone should know the basics of swimming (floating, moving through the water) and CPR.

Fence it off.

Install a four–sided isolation fence, with self–closing and self–latching gates, around backyard swimming pools. This can help keep children away from the area when they aren’t supposed to be swimming. Pool fences should be completely separate the house and play area from the pool.

Life jackets are a must.

Make sure kids wear life jackets in and around natural bodies of water, such as lakes or the ocean, even if they know how to swim. Life jackets can be used in and around pools for weaker swimmers too.

Keep a close watch

When kids are in or near water (including bathtubs), closely supervise them at all times. Because drowning happens quickly and quietly, adults watching kids in or near water should avoid distracting activities like reading books, talking on the phone, or using alcohol and drugs.

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