Tragedy struck a Scottsdale neighborhood on March 13, as a 2-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool. According to Capt. Dave Folio with Scottsdale Fire, emergency crews were called to the scene after receiving reports of a “baby not breathing” near Scottsdale and Thomas Roads.

“Dispatchers provided instructions to the caller to perform CPR,” Folio explained. “As fire and police arrived, it was learned this was related to drowning. The baby was transported to a local pediatric trauma hospital.”

Despite their best efforts, the boy was unable to recover from the incident and passed away at the hospital. Scottsdale Police have confirmed that the drowning occurred in a pool at a neighbor’s house, and investigators are working to determine what led up to the tragedy.

In the wake of the heartbreaking news, crisis counselors are being sent to assist the family. “Neighbors can expect to see police units and Crime Scene Specialist’s vehicles at the involved residences for several hours,” said Ofc. Aaron Bolin.

This devastating incident serves as a tragic reminder of the importance of water safety, particularly for young children. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends affected by this terrible loss.