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 distracted by a phone call, according to police.
The girls' bodies were found later that afternoon by Juarez’s 10-year-old brother.
The housekeeper was supposed to be supervising the girls while the rest of the Juarez family were out grocery shopping, Dallas police officer Bill Gorman told AJC.
However, while the 58-year-old housekeeper was on a 45 minutes call, the girls went into the back yard.
Tragedy: 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 distracted by a phone call, according to police. While the woman talked on the phone Mia and Sophia walked out to the backyard, they were were later found fully clothed at the bottom of the pool by Sophia's 10-year-old brother (stock photo)
'She was not watching the children; she was on a phone call, not paying any attention to them,' Gorman told AJC.
When the family returned home they began looking for their daughter.
It was raining when the 10-year-old boy found the girls lying at the bottom of the pool.
Helpless: Mia, pictured here with an unidentified relative, had not yet learnt to swim, a police officer said
The Juarez family have asked for privacy as they come to terms with losing their daughter.
The housekeeper, whose name has not been released, is being charged with reckless conduct.
'It’s a tragedy, so, so sad. The little girls were so very beautiful,’ Gorman added.
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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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