A toddler being baby-sat by a neighbor was found unresponsive in the backyard pool of the child's Sayville home Tuesday morning, Suffolk police said.
The girl, 18 months, was found about 10:30 a.m. in the in-ground pool of her Chester Road home and taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, then transferred to Stony Brook University Hospital, police said. She was in serious condition, police said.
The trusted neighbor, a woman, watches the girl and her brother, 5, as their parents work, said Det. Sgt. Al Feinstein of the Fifth Precinct.
But she had to step away from the family room area for a few moments Tuesday morning, and when she returned, the boy was there but not his sister, Feinstein said.
"She started looking around the house and saw the back door open," he said.
The neighbor called 911, and officers, with help from the Sayville Community Ambulance Company, revived the girl using CPR, police said.
Feinstein said there are "common sense" measures pool owners can take to prevent such tragedies. They include putting a fence around the pool, keeping house doors locked to deter children from wandering to the pool without an adult present and looking into pool alert safety alarms that can sound in the house when a disturbance is detected in the water during times the pool is not supposed to be in use.