Authorities are investigating after two young siblings drowned in a shallow pond Monday night in the Lake Hughes area.
Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were called to the 43100 block of Lake Hughes Road shortly before 7 p.m. to investigate a drowning death, according to Ronald Rodil of the Sheriff’s Information Office. The area is in the Angeles National Forest west of Lancaster.
A boy and girl were found at the scene and airlifted to a hospital, according to Cheryl Sims of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Neither was breathing when responders arrived and both received CPR, Sims said.
Sheriff’s Department Lt. Charles Calderaro told Fox 11 on Tuesday that the 4-year-old boy was pronounced dead just after 9 p.m. Monday and the 3-year-old girl died about two hours later.
Calderaro said deputies initially responded to a call that the children had disappeared from the 12-acre property.
“When they arrived, they found that the mother and a neighbor had located the children in a small pond near the property,” he said. “They noticed the children unresponsive, they immediately started CPR, paramedics were called to the scene, they continued their rescue efforts and ultimately the children were airlifted to hospital. .”
Calderaro described the incident as a tragedy.
“Keep an eye on your kids,” he said. “The pond was very shallow, but with young children like that it could be a matter of seconds.”
The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
Los Angeles Times