Three-year-old twin boys drowned in their backyard pool Wednesday - after slipping out the back of their Long Island home while their mother was asleep, law enforcement officials said.
When firefighters arrived, they saw the mom performing CPR on one boy on the ground next to the pool. She then ran outside and performed CPR. She reportedly told first responders she did not know where the second twin was.
According to Newsday, Melville Assistant Chief David Kaplan says four firefighters went into the murky pool water and removed the second child.
Both boys were taken to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
"The hospital worked feverishly for a different outcome, but it was not to be today", said Andrea Mineo, who is a spokeswoman for Plainview Hospital, according to the New York Daily News.
"She relays to the responding officers in the rescue personnel that she's got another son that she doesn't know where he is", Suffolk County Police Department homicide Lieutenant Kevin Beyrer said at a press conference.
Family members could not be reached for comment.
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The house changed hands late past year to a corporate owner, and officials said some work was done on the pool area this spring.
It's unclear how the boys got out of the house. A five-year-old boy in the house was unharmed.
Detectives said it appeared their deaths were accidental.
A spokesman for the Town of Huntington said the fence around the pool was up to code, and that the family had proper alarms.
The homeowners were issued a pool permit and certificate of occupancy on June 23, Carter said.
The family moved to Melville from an apartment building in Flushing, Queens.
The twins were found unresponsive in the backyard of their Holly Court home in Melville about 8:30 a.m. "I have a son".
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