Two young brothers drowned in their North Lauderdale Florida apartment complex pool over the Memorial Day weekend, in a tragic reminder that summer is here - along with all the dangers facing children with an abundance of free time.
“Ja’Kye Joseph, 6, and Branario Minto, 5, were found face down by neighbors at around 9:30 p.m. local time...and they rushed to pull the boys out of the water. The boys were pronounced dead after being taken to Northwest Medical Center," according to police.
The boys’ mother, Wilding Joseph admits that she was asleep when the boys apparently sneaked out of the apartment, climbed a fence, and somehow found their way into the pool.
Neither boy was able to swim, although Johnson says the older boy has been learning. She believes he went in first, had trouble, and the younger boy jumped in to try to rescue him.
"I tried all I can to do CPR," she screamed, clutching the fence that bordered the pool. "It didn't work."
Deputies said the brothers were taken to Northwest Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead.
A neighbor, who is not identified, told Local 10 that the pool is popular with children, and there are usually “more kids than adults.”
According to Local 10, Homicide detectives are investigating the tragic incident and have asked that anyone who might have seen the boys at or near the pool to call authorities.
As part of the investigation, Child Protective Investigations Section has removed two remaining children, a one-year-old and a four-month-old, from the home of the deceased boys.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.”
There is no substitute for parental supervision when a child is swimming. This means CONSTANT supervision. If you leave the area, take your child with you.
The second most important layer of protection is to make sure your children know how to swim and that they understand water safety precautions.
According to the American Red Cross, "Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children ages one to four than any other cause except birth defects.” It is the second leading cause for children ages one to fourteen.
Hopefully, if parents follow these guidelines, they can help reduce the risk of another tragedy like this.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates as more information becomes available.