Monday, 15 April 2013

Officials: Two children dead after apparent drowning in Central Islip pool

Officials: Two children dead after apparent drowning in Central Islip pool, Two young children from Central Islip died Sunday after being reported missing and then being found at the bottom of a neighbor’s pool, Suffolk County police said.

Police said the two children, Ralph Knowles, 5, and his sister, Sharon Knowles, 7, were reported missing in a 911 call by the children’s mother at 3:29 p.m. on Sunday. Emergency crews rushed to the home on Naples Avenue in Central Islip and immediately began to search for the two missing children.

Neighbors told reporters at the scene that the children’s mother began to become frantic and enlisted the help of fellow community members to find the two children around 2:30 p.m. After the searches were unsuccessful, police were called, nearly one hour later.

A police spokeswoman said that officers searched the neighborhood and found the children in a pool on Half Mile Road, which runs parallel to their street. Officers from multiple police precincts as well as canine unit officers and a police helicopter were dispatched to the scene to assist in the search, police said.

Officer Frank Rooney and Sgt. Michael Alfano found the children at 112 Half Mile Road, “submerged in a backyard pool,” police said. They were then transported to Southside Hospital in “an unknown condition,” a police spokeswoman told

Eddie Fraser, a spokesman for Southside Hospital, said the two children died early Sunday evening after they were rushed from the scene. Police did not immediately identify a cause of death, but said the matter is under investigation.

Homicide detectives are investigating the circumstance surround the “apparent drowning,” police said.

The home where the children lived is owned by a Bay Shore-based nonprofit organization, Suburban Housing Development & Research, Inc., according to property records. The organization provides housing to families that were previously homeless. The agency’s executive director could not be reached Sunday night for comment.

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