HAVERHILL, MASS. (WHDH) - A 2-year-old girl was flown to the hospital in critical condition after being pulled from a pool in Haverhill Thursday afternoon, according to the Haverhill Police Department.

At 12:27 p.m., Haverhill police responded to the home at 209 Groveland St. for a report of a child who had fallen into a pool, police said.

The 2-year-old’s older siblings had been out in the backyard while the toddler was inside the house with her mother, according to family member Kelsi Swiger. She said the toddler somehow walked outside, got past the gate, and wound up in the pool.

“It could happen to anybody. It’s a freak accident,” Swiger said.

According to family, a 12-year-old boy who was playing at the house jumped into action by pulling the toddler out of the pool and dialing 911.

“He’s shaken up, he’s obviously emotional, because it feels like he could’ve done more and we just keep telling him, ‘You did everything right, you jumped right in, you got her,'” Swiger said.

Police officers performed CPR on the young girl, who was not breathing.

The child was taken to a local hospital by ambulance before she was flown by helicopter to a Boston hospital, according to police.

As of 3:07 p.m., the child was in critical condition, according to an X post from Haverhill police.

“Family is surrounding her and we just ask that everybody continue to pray for her,” Swiger said.

The girl’s family is also stressing the importance of pool safety, saying that accidents can happen even when precautions are taken.

“There’s a lock, there’s every possible thing you can imagine, to keep all their kids safe,” Swiger said.

The incident remains under investigation.

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