SUNRISE (CBSMiami) – Two toddlers were rushed to a hospital in grave condition after their limp bodies were pulled from a pool at a Sunrise apartment complex.
Neighbors were stunned.
“I don’t know what to say,” said Ericilda Joseph. “I’m just prayign for them, I’m praying for them. That’s all I can do, pray that God has them.”
Sunrise police Chief Don Dixon said the boy and girl are two year old twins. The pool was located behind the club house of the Pines At Springtree complex at 3500 NW 85th Way. Someone spotted the children in the pool around 11:30 a.m. and called 9-1-1.
A Sunrise police and fire rescue arrived quickly.
“An officer and firefighter were the first to arrive and they were able to remove the children from the pool and administer CPR,” said police spokeswoman Cindi McCue.
They twins who were not breathing went into cardiac arrest. They children were taken to Plantation General, no word on their condition.
Residents of the complex said the twins seemed like happy, playful children.
“They follow behind each other just like one do one, they just, you know, that’s what little kids do. Very active, you always have to keep your eyes on them,” Ramon Witherspoon.
Neighbors said the children’s mother was well liked in their community. She used to work in the front office for years, an office which is right next to the pool.
“It’s heartbreaking, she’s really a big sweetheart, she’s really nice,” said Joshua Garza.
There are a lot of families who live in this complex. This tragedy hit many of the parents hard.
“I broke down becaues that could have been my child,” said Joseph.
“For us, being parents, and just to see her going through what she’s going through, it touches us even more. We’re praying for her and the family that everything is okay with her and the kids,” said Witherspoon.
Investigators are still trying to figure out how the children got into the gated pool area.