FRESNO (CBS/AP) — Two toddlers drowned in their next-door neighbor’s swimming pool after apparently wandering out of their home Monday. No foul play was suspected, police said.

The 2-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy were being watched by their great-grandmother when they left the house sometime Monday morning.

Family members searched for the children for an hour before calling police, Fresno Police Lt. Joe Gomez said.

The children were last seen in a room with access to a garage that had its door open.

The toddlers were identified as Elizabeth Thao and her older brother Jayce.

Investigators believe the toddlers left their home through the garage and walked to the neighbor’s house.

They entered the neighbor’s yard through an open gate and climbed or squeezed through a 4-foot high wrought iron fence surrounding the pool, Gomez said.

“There were some bikes next to the fence they could have used to climb over it,” he said. “It appears to be an extremely unfortunate tragic accident.”

Their next door neighbor, Elizabeth Valle, found the kids in her pool after a police officer asked her for permission to search her backyard.

Valle said she screamed and jumped into the pool, as did one of the officers. The boy was floating in the water, and the girl was found at the bottom.

Officers and paramedics tried to revive the children, Valle said. They were pronounced dead at a hospital.

Valle said she found the same children unattended in her backyard about six months ago and walked them home.

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Comments (3)
  1. Neddy says:

    I am sure these parents are complete losers. I mean first of all, if you live in Fresno you cannot be too bright.
    I am sure these 2 tool bags can pop out some more failed offspring that will also have no future to speak of living in Fresno picking lettuce or cleaning people’s yards.

  2. Gramma GG says:

    Toddlers do not see into the swimming pool. They see the reflection of the sky & surround. To them it looks like a solid floor. Cones & rods, folks. They also don’t have the knowledge that a swimming pool is not a solid surface.

  3. Michael says:

    2016 and people still don’t think about getting surface alarms for pools? We are required by law to have them here!