Two children who were reported missing by their family on Monday in central California were found dead in their next door neighbor’s pool. Police said the two drowned and no foul play is suspected.
The two-year-old girl and three-year-old boy were reportedly being watched by their great-grandmother when they escaped from the house Monday morning.
The family searched for the two for an hour before calling police. The children were in a room with access to the garage and likely got out of the house that way.
Fresno Police Lt. Joe Gomez said the two walked to the neighbor’s house and entered the yard through an open gate, then climbed or squeezed through a four-foot high rod iron fence surrounding the pool.
“Parents go to work in the morning, the garage door was left up a ways and it looks like the grandmother wasn’t up yet and the children got out. The
three-year-old knows how to open doors and it looks like they got out that way,” said Gomez.
“There were some bikes next to the fence they could have used to climb over it,” he said. “It appears to be an extremely unfortunate tragic accident.”
The next door neighbor, Elizabeth Valle, found the kids in her pool after a police officer asked her for permission to search her backyard.
Valle told the Fresno Bee that after seeing the two in the pool she screamed and jumped in, as did one of the officers. The boy was floating in the water, and the girl was found at the bottom.
Officers and paramedics were unable to revive the children, and they were rushed to a hospital where they were pronounced dead.
Valle said this isn’t the first time the kids had wandered over and into her backyard. She said around six months ago she found the two in her yard and walked them back to their house.
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