18-month-old twins dead in US – Great-grandmother with Alzheimer’s left door open and drowned in pool


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The twins, a boy and a girl, just 18 months old, drowned in their home pool when their great-grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s, left the back door of their Oklahoma City home open.

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When mother Jenny Callazzo found her 18-month-old children, Locklyn and Loreli, at the bottom of the cloudy pool water Thursday morning, they were unconscious.

The two children were pronounced dead two hours later at hospital, the Daily Mail reported.

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Callazzo, a boutique owner, lives in the $565,000 home with her grandmother, six children and her husband Sonny, 42, a marketing executive.

The twins who drowned in their Oklahoma home pool

How the twins drowned in the Oklahoma pool

A relative told the Daily Mail that the children’s great-grandmother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, left the back door of the house open. The twins apparently got out and fell into the pool.

Aerial images of the house showed a greenish pool filled with algae-filled water.

The police are investigating the death of the twins, but they do not believe it to be a criminal act, but rather a freak accident.

A few days ago, Callazzo, 37, posted photos of her twins outside the house with the caption “they just want to play in the garden.”

Neighbors said they saw the desperate mother of the twins climb into the back of an ambulance as paramedics scrambled to save her sons.

Silent drowning and what parents of young children in homes with swimming pools should do

Laura Gamino, injury prevention coordinator, told the Mail that she hopes parents realize how deadly water can be for young children.

“Anything can happen in an instant,” he warned. “Children are drawn to water and young children will not have the skills to pull themselves out of the water…Drowning is very sudden and silent. People think that a child with water problems will scream, but he can’t because his mouth is full of water. So drowning is silent and scary.”

He also urged homeowners with swimming pools to install a 4m high fence around their pools with a gate that young children cannot open.

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