Two brothers, ages 1 and 3, drown after falling into the family bath in Pennsylvania, while their aunt, 16, was supposed to take care of them
- Hayden, 1, and Hunter Smith, 3, drowned in a pool in Fayette County Wednesday
- The two boys left the house and fell into the swimming pool in the back garden
- Their teenage aunt had to look after them the way their grandmother worked
- Their grandfather jumped in and pulled them out, but it was too late to save them
- Both children were declared dead after being taken to Uniontown Hospital
Two young brothers, ages 1 and 3, drowned on a Wednesday night in a swimming pool in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, police said.
Hunter George Smith, 3, and Hayden Lewis Smith, 1, were pulled out of the pool in the back yard of their family's home on Whiteman Avenue in Uniontown around 7:20 PM.
Police and counselors were called home and tried to resuscitate the toddlers on stage and on their way to Uniontown Hospital, but they were declared dead there.
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Brothers Hayden, 1, and Hunter Smith, 3, drowned in their family's pool on Wednesday night
They had been outside the house, walked around the pool above ground (pictured), up the stairs and then fell in
The boy's aunt, Debbie Smith, 46, who has custody of the children, told KDKA that the boys cared for two teenage families when the incident happened while she was at work.
Their 16-year-old aunt, Abbie Smith, had returned from high school band camp and had given the boys a bath to prepare them for bed.
The grandmother said the children came outside the house, walked around the pool above the ground, climbed the stairs and then fell into it, WTAE reported.
Authorities are investigating how the boys ended up in the pool.
The grandmother told me Pittsburg Tribune Revue that their grandfather, Franklin Hough and aunt Hannah Smith, were the ones who took the children out of the water.
& # 39; Frankie had it on the table for CPR, & # 39; said Smith. & # 39; Frankie jumped into the pool, clothes, and so on. & # 39;
Police and rescuers were called to the family home on Whiteman Avenue in Uniontown around 7.30 p.m. Wednesday
Rescuers tried to resuscitate the toddlers in the backyard (pictured) and on the way to Uniontown Hospital, but they were declared dead there
The boys were in care of juvenile relatives when the incident happened in the family home (pictured) while their grandmother was working
The grieving grandmother told the newspaper that the boys were Georges, curious. And watch out if you have two boys together. I mean they were 1 and 3. Curious, very curious & # 39 ;.
Hunter and Hayden liked to play with toys, ate and watched Spider-Man and Batman, their 16-year-old aunt said.
They were allegedly close and always gave each other hugs.
The family threw Hunter a Spider-Man theme party for his birthday on June 3. He was due to start kindergarten in August and was enthusiastic about riding the school bus, the Tribune Review reported.
Drowning is the leading cause of death for children between 1 and 4 years of age under avoidable injuries, according to the non-profit Safe Kids Worldwide, where about 1,000 children drown each year.
About 57 percent of the drownings occur in swimming pools.
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