Phoenix: The Drowning Pools

The Drowning Pools

Affluent parents who worry about the threat of kidnaping or sexual abuse by the babysitter are discovering that a graver danger to their children may be lurking in their own backyards. So far this year, twelve Phoenix youngsters under age 5 have drowned in residential swimming pools, twice the number for all of 1988. With 22 deaths of young children, Arizona is the No. 1 state in child drownings.

, Early summer heat and a lack of adult supervision are blamed for the rash of accidents. Two brothers, ages 2 and 3, drowned within four minutes when their mother went to...

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