LIVERMORE -- A 4-year-old boy who briefly wandered from his mother's view drowned Thursday afternoon in the family swimming pool, police said.
Officers responded to a 911 call in the 1400 block of Heidelberg Drive at 12:49 p.m. from a mother who reported that she had found her child at the bottom of her backyard swimming pool, Livermore police Officer Steve Goard said.
The woman pulled the boy from the pool and moved him to a poolside deck, and was on the phone with dispatchers who were helping her through CPR efforts when police arrived, Goard said. Emergency responders found the boy with no pulse and attempted CPR at the scene, then took the boy to ValleyCare Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
According to Goard, the child had not been out of his mother's line of sight more than a minute or two. The woman was also said to have had another young child home at the time of the incident, and that both kids were very active.
"It's just one of those horrible events," Goard said. "It's just horrible all around. This was clearly an accident. It's just sad."
Drownings are the leading cause of injury death to children between ages 1 and 4, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. From 2007 to 2009, an annual average of 390 pool- or spa-related drownings of children younger than 15 occurred, about 75 percent of which involved children younger than 5.
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