– By PAUL KOENIG

Kennebec Journal

Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty is encouraging people with pools to keep them secure, after an accident Thursday in which a 2-year-old boy nearly died in his family pool.

Cody Campbell of Farmingdale is on life support at Maine Medical Center, according to Liberty. He was taken from MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta by Life Flight to Portland, where there were indications of a pulse but no brain activity, the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office said.

The boy’s mother, Karla Campbell, 31, found her son floating face down in their above-ground swimming pool at their Northern Avenue residence. The sheriff’s office was called around 7:45 a.m.

Paramedics from Gardiner Rescue were trying to resuscitate the boy when deputies arrived, Liberty said.

The father, Vernon Campbell, 34, had reportedly left for work about 7 a.m.

Liberty said pools should be secured with fences and locks so children won’t have access.

He said it’s important not only for pool owners who have children to secure their pools, but anyone with a pool, since they are inviting to children.

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