Union County, New Jersey - Guerdine Francois fell asleep one afternnon while attending to her 3 and 5 year old sons. When she awoke Kendell and Kenley Francois were gone. They were later found at the bottom of the neighbors swimming pool.
Officials in Union County, New Jersey, are investigating whether the mother of two boys who drowned in a neighbor’s pool was guilty of neglect.
But Guerdine Francois, the boys’ mother, is speaking out about her innocence and unspeakable loss. ‘I fell asleep and when I jumped up, I screamed,’ she said, reliving yesterday’s nightmare.
Police said Mrs Francois fell asleep around 3 p.m. and when she woke up at 6:45 p.m., Kendell and Kenley Francois were gone. A photograph of the boys is now taped inside the window of their home.
The frantic mother called police to report the missing boys as soon as she awoke, who began to comb through the neighborhood.
Officers Keith Brochu and Rob Donnelly arrived at her home, according to the Star-Ledger, and saw a four-foot high fence leading to an adjacent backyard.
Peering over the fence, the officers saw the two boys at the bottom of the neighbor’s in-ground pool on Parkside Drive.
The officers jumped into the water and pulled the children from the deep end and tried to revive them. They were taken to Overlook Medical Center in Summit and were pronounced dead at 8:17 p.m.
Prosecutors believe the boys scaled the fence that separated their yard from their neighbor’s, but are still investigating whether or not the case is a homicide.
A video of the mother by CBS shows her collapsed on the ground while talking to police.
‘She said, “Sandy, I think they’re dead. They’re dead,”‘ neighbor Sandy Dandrea said of the boys’ mother.
‘I heard them playing. I heard them playing, but I thought they were in their own backyard. I’m devastated. My heart is beating so fast. I can’t believe it,’ neighbor Elizabeth Makhanda said to CBS.
What a horrible tragedy.. Not saying she did anything wrong cause I understand how tiring it must be to tend to two small kids, but she napped for 3 hours and 45 minutes.. And obviously the kids were bad if they actually unlocked doors AND hopped a fence.. you can’t go to sleep on kids who behave like that..
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