2nd child found in pool dies

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SAN DIEGO — A 2-year-old boy died  hours after he and his 1-year-old sister were found unconscious in a La Mesa swimming pool by their mother.

The boy died at Rady Children’s Hospital Monday at 11:25 p.m., according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office. The little girl died earlier Monday.

Sheriff’s investigators have found no evidence that the children’s deaths were the result of foul play, but they will be meeting with representatives of the District Attorney’s Office to determine if there are grounds for criminal charges, the department said in a written statement.

The children’s mother found them Monday morning unconscious in a backyard pool at the East County home where they had been staying with a family friend.

The woman and the friend showed up at La Mesa Fire Station 13 about 10 a.m., with the unconscious children, according to sheriff’s officials. Shortly after arriving, the man ran off, Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said.

Paramedics tried to revive the children at the station, then took them to Sharp Grossmont Hospital, where the girl was pronounced dead. The boy was transferred to Rady Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

The mother told investigators she woke up about 9:30 a.m. and could not locate her children. She then went outside and found them in the pool.

The woman initially told investigators the incident had occurred at a mobile-home park in the 10700 block of Jamacha Boulevard in Spring Valley, but later admitted it happened at a home in the 10000 block of Sunset Avenue in La Mesa.

“She said she initially gave the wrong location because she didn’t want her friend who lives at the residence to get in trouble for not having a fence around the pool,” Giannantonio said.

During a search of the house — where the mother and her children had been staying for several days — deputies came across a marijuana-cultivation setup in a basement area and called in Narcotics Task Force personnel to investigate, he said. A resident at teh house, 44-year-old Larry Dangelow, was arrested and booked into jail on charges including possessing marijuana for sale and cultivating marijuana, Giannantonio said.

1 Comment

  • Louise

    Self-centered mother! What is she doing asleep while her children are awake? Even after she found them she was more concerned about a criminal adult than her children. The children are finally at peace because they don’t have to live with such an unloving person. And the mother should be charged at the very least with criminal child neglect.

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