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Boy, 3, drowns in above-ground pool in western Wisconsin

HAGER CITY, Wis --- Life-saving efforts by a Hager City mother and emergency responders were too late to save a boy who drowned last week in a Pierce County swimming pool.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said 3-year-old Ryker B. Tipton died Friday, July 6, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester after he was pulled from a pool the previous night by his mother, Ashlee Peterson.

Hager City is across the Mississippi River from Red Wing, Minn.

Deputies responded at 6:35 p.m. July 5 to the home after the boy was found unresponsive in the above-ground pool. Peterson pulled him from the pool and immediately began CPR efforts, deputies said, before Tipton was transported by ambulance — first to Mayo Clinic Health System Red Wing and later to Saint Marys.

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