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Angier Child Drowns In Backyard Pool; Twin Brother Remains Hospitalized

Posted July 12, 2001

— Police are investigating an accident in Angier that led to the drowning of one child and the hospitalization of his twin.

Both four-year-old boys were swimming in their backyard pool when one drowned. The other is in fair condition at UNC Hospitals.

The father and mother of the drowning victims joined their son at the hospital about one hour after the incident took place.

Emergency crews were called to the home on Landmark Drive around 4:30 p.m. when the boys' mother called 911.

"We started CPR immediately," says Angier Police Sgt. Anthony Poppler.

Angier police say when they arrived the children were in the house, one unconscious, the other in and out of consciousness.

Police say the accident occured in the pool, and that the boys' mother was in the house with other children when the accident happened.

"They were swimming in the pool and they were supervised, and then after that something happened," Poppler says. "Right now it's still under investigation."

One of the twins, Jarrett, was pronounced dead at the hospital. The other was flown to UNC Hospitals with critical injuries.

The family installed the pool and fence about a month ago.

Police notified the Department of Social Services, as is routine in cases of this kind.

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