Toddler drowning in Thatcher

Jon Johnson File Photo: Photo for illustration purposes. A 2-year-old child was saved from drowning in a Thatcher residential pool on Monday.

Child rescued and revived

By Jon Johnson

THATCHER – A 2-year-old child has been flown to Phoenix Children’s Hospital for further treatment after being found unresponsive in a residential pool on Monday. 

According to a press release from the Thatcher Police Department, Graham County Dispatch initially received a call at 11:57 a.m. regarding the toddler being found unresponsive in a residential swimming pool in the Cota Subdivision. The child was reportedly at a babysitter’s house.  

Thatcher officers arrived on the scene at 12:01 p.m., according to the release, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was already being performed on the child. Officers took over CPR and loaded the toddler into a police vehicle and transported the child to Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center (MGRMC), arriving at 12:04 p.m. 

The child was treated at MGRMC and was revived. The child was then stabilized enough to be transported to the Phoenix hospital for additional care. 

“Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by this tragic incident, especially the family and friends of this child who is fighting for life,” Thatcher Police Chief Shaffen Woods stated in the release. “Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.” 

“We want to express our appreciation for all of the citizens and first responders who responded to this incident and the incredible staff at the Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center for their heroic actions. We are thankful for your service and your partnership.” 

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The Thatcher Police Department’s investigation into the incident is ongoing.

A GoFundMe campaign has been created to help with medical costs. Click here to go to the campaign.

Photo Courtesy GoFundMe: The 2-year-old child who was found unresponsive in a Thatcher residential pool remains hospitalized in Phoenix.