3-Year-Old Twins Drown as Father Sleeps

They wandered away from home
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 21, 2017 7:30 PM CDT
3-Year-Old Twins Wander Off, Drown in Pond
A 3-year-old boy and his twin sister girl drowned after they wandered into a Platte County pond behind their home Monday, March 20, 2017. Platte County Sheriff's Maj. Erik Holland said the 3-year-old boy was pronounced dead on the scene; a 3-year-old girl was given CPR and taken to the hospital where...   (Jill Toyoshiba)

A 3-year-old girl and her twin brother died in what police are calling a "tragic accident" in a Missouri pond after they apparently wandered from home as their father slept. Platte County Undersheriff Maj. Erik Holland said Arrabelle and Elijah Wagner were found Monday in the private pond behind their home near Edgerton, about 30 miles north of Kansas City, the AP reports. When their father awoke and realized they were missing, he called 911 twice. Frantic neighbors called as well, the Kansas City Star reported. Arrabelle was found first. Someone was trying to revive her when emergency crews arrived and rushed her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

People scoured the house thinking Elijah might have gone inside to fetch help. Meanwhile, divers searched the pond, where he was eventually discovered near a covered dock. He was pronounced dead at the scene. "We don't have anything at this point that leads us to believe that this was anything other than a tragic accident, but as with all deaths, we're going to investigate it thoroughly," Holland said. Investigators are talking with the children's father. No information was immediately available about their mother. (More child death stories.)

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