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Cardiac Arrest Kills Child Found in Pool

A Burbank toddler hospitalized after falling into his father’s back-yard swimming pool died of cardiac arrest as a result of drowning, police said Thursday.

Alexander Smith, 2 1/2, died just after 1 p.m. Wednesday at UCLA Medical Center. He had been on a life-support system since early Wednesday, when he was transferred to UCLA from St. Joseph Medical Center, Burbank Police Sgt. Don Goldberg said.

Alexander was staying at his father’s house in the 800 block of Bethany Road. He was last seen in the house about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, when his father and 15-year-old brother went outside to play basketball, Goldberg said. The brother found Alexander lying face down in the pool about 10 p.m., Goldberg said.


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