Toddlers who fell in pool identified

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SAN DIEGO — Authorities Tuesday said they are considering whether to file criminal charges in the apparent drowning deaths of a 16-month-old girl and her 2-year- old brother at an East County home where they and their mother had been staying with a family friend.

La Mesa Pool DeathsThe mother found Harley and Jason Bradford floating face-down in a backyard swimming pool in the 10000 block of Sunset Avenue in La Mesa shortly after 9:30 a.m. Monday, according to sheriff’s officials.

She and a male companion drove the unconscious toddlers to a nearby fire station. Medics tried in vain to revive them there before taking them to Sharp Grossmont Hospital, where Harley was pronounced dead. Her brother was transferred to Rady Children’s Hospital, where he died shortly before 11:30 p.m., Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said.

“Sheriff’s investigators will be meeting with the District Attorney’s Office to determine if any criminal charges will be filed relating to the deaths of the children,” the lieutenant said.

The mother, whose identity has not been released, first told investigators the drownings had occurred at a mobile-home park on Jamacha Boulevard in Spring Valley, but later admitted they happened at the La Mesa home.

“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-growing setup in a basement area and called in Narcotics Task Force personnel to investigate, he said.

About 6 p.m., the drug agents arrested a resident of the home, Larry Dangelo, 44. He was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale, damaging a power line and other charges.

To learn more about Harley and Jason, click here.

Family members spoke exclusively to Fox 5 stating the children were in the middle of a custody battle and were supposed to be taken from their mother a day after their death.


  • What????

    It doesn't matter what she was doing. You don't leave a one year and a two year old, out of your sight. If you have to go to the bathroom, you take them in the bathroom with you.

  • Dee

    Do parents today ever think of maybe taking a CPR course before they decide to squeeze out their offspring?

  • unknown

    Dont be so quick to point finger unless you know the mother personally and unless you know the “get down” on they story being presented by the news. nobody would like it if if the shoe was on theother foot an fingers were pointed at them. everybody is so quick to soak up anything the news says as if they arent considered media. The media isnt aleays correct with their stories and in fact they misconstrue more often than people would think. theres a whole hell of a lot more to this story then whats being told. too many gaps not to be.

    • anom

      First of all i have been waiting to write a response to all of you disgusting judgemental individuals.The wrong time is told to the public for what reason i do not understand. And the mother was asleep still sleeping from night before didnt oversleep or wake up then go back to sleep and leaving her two alone.what is she suppose to stay up 24/7 to watch her kids that by the way it was only her taking care of help from any family members from ither side.what are parents encouraged to do about babies sleeping arrangements?NOT TO HAVE THEM SLEEP IN BED W YOU AND TO SLEEP IN OWN ROOM AND OWN CRIB OR BED!else why…. BECAUSE IT GETS THEM USED TO SLEEPING W MOM AND ATTATCHMENT w that said they adventured off on their own. Accidents happen to the best of us.And for your info she took her cpr classes.was a lifeguard at one moment in her life.when it comes to ur own you prob would panic.and thank you to the ones who leave comments that are NOT judgemental.I do believe there is only One who has the right to judge and he resides upstairs.Thank you.

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