Mom Calls 911 About Drowning Kids, Then Realizes They're Hers

Toddlers escaped from caretaker's apartment

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 13, 2014 2:01 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A Florida mom made a frantic 911 call last week to report two kids drowning in the pool of the apartment complex where she works—only to realize, after help arrived, that they were her 2-year-old twins. Now the little girl has died; her brother remains in critical condition, the Sun Sentinel reports. They unlocked the door and escaped from their caretaker's apartment when the woman went to the bathroom, then walked to the pool area 150 yards away, police say. The gate to the pool was open, CBS Miami reports.

Their mom, Althea Bradford, works in the leasing office on the property, which is next to the pool. It's not clear how much time passed before the caretaker realized the children had escaped from her apartment, but officials estimate the twins were underwater for at least four minutes, a full minute longer than the point at which irreparable damage is said to set in. "Please come," Bradford screamed in the 911 call, according to Local 10. "There's two dead children in the pool."

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