A 3-year-old girl remained in critical condition Friday morning after falling into a family swimming pool at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday near Douglass.


A 3-year-old girl remained in critical condition Friday morning after falling into a family swimming pool at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday near Douglass.

“The call came in that a 3-year-old had fallen into a home pool and drowned,” said Sheriff Craig Murphy. “Before we could get there, they pulled her out and performed CPR on her. The ambulance got there and transported her to the hospital.”

She remained Code Blue, full cardiac, respiratory arrest, during the transport.

“They apparently got her heartbeat back and she was taken to the ER, where later that night she was moved into ICU,” Murphy said Friday. “The little girl is still in very critical condition as of this morning.”

The pool is a backyard pool off of a deck.

“They had done everything they could do to secure it where an accident like this might not happen,” he said. “Obviously, 3-year-olds, being 3 year olds, are fast and always on the move. She got out of the living room, onto the deck and over a containment fence and fell into the pool.”

They don’t know how long she was in the water.

“There are a lot of questions here that I still don’t have answers to that are being worked on,” Murphy said. “We’re trying to respect the family’s focus.”

This is the first drowning the sheriff’s department has received this summer, although there was a near-drowning in El Dorado on Thursday.

It is important for people to remain aware of what can happen.

“The best thing that people can remember is they (children) don’t stand still a lot and need lot of attention to keep them safe,” Murphy said. “It is an effort and a job to keep track of them.

“I liken this to you turn around to get a jar of peanut butter to fix them a sandwich and while trying to spread peanut butter, you take your eye off of them and they get ahold of the table cloth and emptied the table. They are fast.”