Thursday, April 10, 2014

Twins Drown in Pool Questions

"About an hour ago, I left them with my mother, and we come home to unload a china hutch..."

Here the need to reveal why...this should be noted. 
 Neglect concerning the grandmother will be looked at. 
Neglect history will be explored. 

 How did two toddlers wander off?  
How long were they gone?

  Where was the adult babysitting?  

Lots of questions.  

Substance abuse will also be looked into.  Grandmother fell asleep.  Medical history?  Substance abuse?  

Interesting that the mother feels the need, twice, to say why she left the children with her mother.  Did she know that her mother was prone to fall asleep?  Was CPS involved?  Was the mother told not to leave children with her own mother?

There are questions here.  

Mother with hx as she revealed neighbors have called police on her.  

AURORA, Ind. — Twin toddlers died shortly after they were pulled from a neighbor's pool near here, according to the Dearborn County Sheriff's office.
The bodies of Shaylyn and Jocelyn Spurlock, 2, were found about 2½ hours after a 911 call came in around 6:50 p.m. ET Tuesday, Maj. Terry Van Winkle said Wednesday.
The girls apparently had wandered out of their home and climbed on top of a neighbor's covered above-ground pool two doors from their house, he said. The home in Center Township, Ind., is about 2 miles from this town of about 4,000 people on the banks of the Ohio River southwest of Cincinnati.
Emergency personnel immediately began CPR on the twins; they were transported to Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Ind, where they were pronounced dead.
"We are all trained to help people, but it's just devastating when we can't do it," Van Winkle said. "It affects us for a while. Our heart goes out to the families."
Listen to the 911 call below.

A neighbor and a firefighter found the girls in the water on top of a pool cover that had standing water from recent storms, Detective Sgt. John Vance told WLWT-TV, Cincinnati.
"I was in my yard with my husband," neighbor Heather Bressert told WCPO-TV, Cincinnati. "A couple of firemen and my husband noticed something in my neighbors' pool. While we were walking down there we quickly figured out what we saw was a small child."
The girls drowned by accident, according to a preliminary autopsy Wednesday from the Dearborn County Coroner's Office.
"I ran, picked one of the little girls up and brought her up to a fireman and started CPR," Bressert said. "Another fireman jumped in the pool to pick up the other little girl." The family who owned the home where the toddlers were found was out of town Tuesday.
Not all pool covers protect children from mishaps, child-safety advocates say.
Covers over pools and spas should be rigid and strong enough to hold a child who might try to walk on them. Some can be locked so only an adult can remove them. And ladders to above-ground pools also should be removed when the pools are not in use, according to the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission. A fence around the entire pool area creates a barrier. Supervision of children also is extremely important.
Dearborn County's planning and zoning director, Mark McCormack told WSCH-FM, Lawrenceburg that Indiana law and county code require a fence around any pool unless its cover meets certain specifications, including being able to support a 400-pound weight. It is unclear whether the above-ground pool's cover met those specifications or whether the yard was fenced.
The twins' parents, Brad and Breanna Spurlock, had reported the girls missing about the same time emergency crews came to the neighborhood, Van Winkle said.
A grandmother was watching the girls for about an hour while their parents picked up some recently purchased furniture but had fallen asleep, according to the mother's 911 call.
"I've been to a lot of scenes like that, and I've been to the hospital. I haven't seen that much family at the hospital in my career. They're just absolutely devastated," Detective Barry Bridges told WLWT-TV.

Above-ground pool in Center Township, Ind., where twin 2-year-olds drowned on top of a pool cover.


Anonymous said...

How can u drown"on top"of a pool cover??????????

Anonymous said...

How can u drown"on top"of a pool cover??????????

Jenny said...

Look at the pic! It wasn't a firm pool cover and had standing water in it. Obviously, by looking at the pic, it wasn't fenced either. Terrible!

Dacea said...

While the pool wasn't covered with a child proof cover, not all homeowners are aware that small children can drown in a covered pool. Fencing would have been great but the home owners were not responsible for caring for the toddlers. If there is no foul play involved and Gma is physically capable of caring for the children and not using substances that interrupt her ability to function, what a tragic set of events. Those poor babies. I am saying prayers for the family and the owners of the pool

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Unknown said...

A former teacher of mine lost her youngest daughter the exact same way. It was their above ground pool, and her 3yo daughter walked onto the flooded cover. They realized she was missing immediately, but she wasn't found wrapped up in the cover until hours later.

The child's weight on the cover, and the water underneath it causes an effect where the cover basically swallows the child. Between the water and the cover, the child can't gain footing, and drowns. It doesn't matter if there's only a few inches of water are on top of the cover (as in my teachers case), or a lot as in this's the water under the cover that makes it impossible to escape.

(It would difficult for an adult to escape without help.)

How terrible for the family to lose them both so tragically.

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Thanks for explaining,i couldnt undeestand.

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Lemon said...

Aurora reels after second drowning

When twin 2-year-old girls were found in a neighbor’s swimming pool Tuesday evening, April 8, it was the second tragic end to a search for the Aurora Fire Department, Aurora Emergency Rescue and Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department in a week.


Kellie said...

Yeah anon @6:21. It's a little bit like tracing a phone call. Ya gotta keep em on the line a bit. ;) You want them to hang around a while. I'm sure there's a method to the madness.

wreyeter72 said...

Or maybe Peter has a life and isn't. Looking at these comments 24 hours a day. He's. A person, not a robot. Give him a break. And I'll eat my hat if Maggie/foul mouth anon isn't schizophrenic. Just ignore her/him.

Doty said...

This is tragic. That grandmother will never get over her guilt. How could the mother ever forgive her either? Double tragedy. Children dead and for all intents and purposes grandma is too. Here this poor mother would need her mother more than ever. So very sad.
I wonder about the whole CPS involvement musing. Was CPS involved previously? That wouldn't surprise me because CPS can take a bad situation and make it worse in no time. Kids are usually much worse off when government do-gooders come "to help".

JoAnn said...

How incredibly sad. Those flexible pool covers can be so dangerous. We covered our in ground pool with one that had weights all around, and one of our dogs tried to fetch a ball that had landed on the cover. He just kept right on going & a toddler might do the same. We had a security fence with locked gates, but we worried about our own dogs, and stopped covering the pool. Then our beagle walked right out onto the pool when there was ice! And the ice wasn't very deep (NC). Living with a dog that has a seizure disorder, we eventually had the pool removed, which was an ordeal, but put an end to that headache. I agree with Doty - grandma's life is essentially over. I don't know how anyone recovers from such a preventable tragedy. A two-year old is mobile enough to cover a lot of ground quickly, can sometimes open doors, and can climb. Combine that with curiosity & multiply by two.

Anonymous said...

You've explained it perfectly,thanks :)

Rose said...

It is so hard for me to read stories like this. Those pool covers are like quick sand. I wish people would just get it through their heads once and for all: two year olds need to be watched at ALL times. You cannot take a nap when watching two year olds. You cannot let them out of your sight.