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4-year-old boy injured in pool accident, police say

Merced police say a 4-year-old boy is in critical condition after being injured in a pool accident Monday.

The incident was reported to police around 6 p.m. at a residence in the 1500 block of West 20th Street. A family member found the unconscious child in the pool, according to Lt. Andre Matthews.

Police believe the child was riding a tricycle around the pool and fell in. When police and paramedics arrived, the child wasn't breathing, Matthews said.

The boy was taken to Children's Hospital Central California, and Merced police are conducting an investigation into the incident. Matthews said police don't suspect foul play.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call Detective Keith Pelowski at (209) 385-6913.

-- Victor A. Patton

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