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4-year-old in critical condition after slipping into family pool in south Phoenix

Officials said the boy somehow got outside while a family member was taking a shower.

PHOENIX — Editor's note: This video is from a previous broadcast. 

A 4-year-old boy is hospitalized in extremely critical condition after slipping into his family's pool in south Phoenix Monday. 

Officials from the Phoenix Fire Department said the child somehow got outside in the backyard and slipped into the pool while a family member was taking a shower. The near-drowning took place on South 45th Lane. 

Officers performed CPR on the child and he was transported to the emergency room for further treatment.

This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News as more information becomes available. 

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“The Valley” is what locals call the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. It is considered the largest metropolitan area in the Southwest.  

The Valley is made up of various major cities other than Phoenix, including:  

  • Mesa  
  • Chandler  
  • Scottsdale  
  • Tempe  
  • Glendale  
  • Surprise  
  • Peoria  
  • Gilbert  
  • Maricopa  
  • Casa Grande 

Whether a city is in the “East Valley” or “West Valley” depends on where it is in relation to Phoenix.  

The cities of the Valley have a combined population of 4,845,832 people, according to the 2020 United States Census. This makes it the 11th largest metropolitan area in the country right behind the Boston and Atlanta areas. 

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