A brother and sister, ages 5 and 7, slipped away from their mother and were found dead April 14 in a neighbor’s swimming pool, according to the Wall Street Journal.
A friend of the children’s mother said it was unlikely they were going for a swim because they didn’t like water, the New York Daily News reported. She wondered whether the children were trying to pull a toy or something else out of the murky water, and one of them fell in and the other tried to help. The pool was not swim-ready; its water was dark and dirty.
Although it was not clear how the children entered the property, Islip town officials issued two citations to the owner of the pool. One citation was for having improper decking around the pool and the second was a summons for failure to properly maintain the fencing around the property, said Inez Birbiglia, a spokeswoman for the town of Islip, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
Birbiglia also said the pool had the proper permits, and records show it was installed in 2002. The homeowner is required to answer the summons on June 12 in district court.
The majority of drownings occur during the summer months, but this tragedy is a reminder of the need to keep pools safe throughout the year.
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