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

(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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Mar 14, 2014 10:32 AM CDT
Moral of the story, Never trust anyone with your kids.
Mar 13, 2014 10:04 PM CDT
from another, more comprehensive article- the kids were never pulled out till the police arrived. I'm disgusted by this. This woman could have saved the one baby and not allowed the other to suffer brain damage. i'm not trying to be racist (maybe it will sound that way) but this lady is african american. Seventy percent of African-American children can't swim- how many adults can't either? That's why I'm assuming she didn't go in. She couldn't swim. What a pathetic sorry way to let your own or someone else's babies die, if that is the case. Such a shame. Certainly this was preventable, but even so the the damages could have been mitigated.
Mar 13, 2014 5:05 PM CDT
Actually you should call 911 so that help could get coming that would be able to maybe save the kids. Maybe she doesn't know how to swim and the pool could be deep enough and big enough that she wouldn't be able to get to them. Until you are in her shoes maybe you should be quiet.