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Tragedy as two girls, both 5, drown in backyard pool while housekeeper 'supposed to be looking after them chats on the phone'

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Two five-year-old girls drowned in a backyard pool after one of the girls’ grandmother, responsible for looking after them, allegedly chatted on a phone indoors.


The girls, identified as Mia Penoyer and Sophia Juarez, died in the pool at the Dallas home between 2 and 2.45pm on Sunday, police said.


Mia could not swim at all while Sophia was able to swim two lengths of the pool, according to police.


The fact that it was a rainy afternoon and that both girls were fully clothed when they were found has led police to determine that the girls had not set out to go swimming.


However, it is not clear exactly how the incident unfolded.


Mia was visiting her grandmother, a live-in housekeeper for the Juarez family, who was in charge of looking after the two girls but was distract


Added: Jun-12-2012 Occurred On: Jun-12-2012
By: Zipper10
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Tags: Children, drown, family, pool, while, sitter, chats, on, phone, tragic
Location: Dallas, Texas, United States (load item map)
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  • Why do people always drop everything they were doing when the phone rings? It's the second time in less than a week that I see on LL two tragic accidents that happened because the children's minder left the kid alone to take a phone call.
    People can't tolerate to be by themselves or what? Do they need constant distraction? Watching children is such a bore? Is a phone call always more important than what is going on in front of their eyes?
    Stupidity is bottomless.

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    • @khamomil
      Exactly the older generation is actually some of the worst for this. My parents run around like chickens with their heads cut off when the phone rings, I myself could give a fuck who it is.

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    • @velocity73R

      I don't think it is the older generation at all. It is the youngsters that have been weened on the cell phone that they never put down.

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  • so sad!

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  • In my area, it is illegal to not have a child barrier fence around your swimming pool, especially if you have no back yard fence and neighborhood kids can see & access your pool easily.... all because of accidents like this, it is a law now in my area.

    I bet the little girl fell in, and the bigger one that could swim tried to save her, but drowned as well because the little girl was too much for her to handle

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    • @Zardoz003 I dont know if it's a state law but Houston has had an ordinance in place for over twenty years plus about locked protective fencing around pools whether it is private or public. There are still too many drownings though because of lack of maintenance and personal responsibility.

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  • RIP
    very sad.

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  • That is fkup!

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  • Well this is certainly heart breaking. Damn!!
    Rest in Peace little ones.

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  • WOW thats sad, didnt matter if it was a 45 minute call, you can drown in under 4 minutes. she needs beheading with a chainsaw with a shitty blade

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  • They'll outlaw pools, but not people who are too fucking stupid to look after a 5 year old. So sad. :(

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  • A phone call was more important that watching the children? Sad that adults are so caught up in their lives they could take a call over the welfare of young children they are left in charge to protect.

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  • I want the bitch's name, address and number

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  • Comment of user 'DirtyUncleBerty' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
  • Sorry to say but look after your own children, its the safest way.

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  • very sad

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  • RIP. poor boy who found them. sad story.

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  • Terribly sad. RIP

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  • its those that dont care that we leave those we most care about; with.
    theLAB

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  • Lesbian?

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