One of the 4-year-old twin sisters who drowned in a pool at their Brockton home on Saturday narrowly survived a similar incident in the same pool three years ago, police said.
"Back on Aug. 9, 2007, Brockton police and fire were called for a child that had fallen into the pool… It was Lindsey Bonsu; she was only 18 months at the time," Brockton Police Captain Emanuel Gomes said. "The child was revived."
In that incident, Bonsu’s mother allegedly left her young twins unattended outside for a few minutes at the home on Endicott Street, then returned to find Lindsey in the pool just before 7:20 p.m., Gomes said.
In the incident Saturday, Gomes said it appears the twins’ 9-year-old sister was supervising the children outside when she left them unattended to go on the computer inside. After several minutes, the 9-year-old returned outside and saw a sandal floating in the pool, but not her sisters.
The parents, Gyabaa and Prudentia Bonsu, were home at the time, Gomes said.
Rescuers pulled the twins, Lindsey and Leslie, from the in-ground pool at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Brockton fire officials said. The girls were taken to Children’s Hospital Boston, where Lindsey died at 2:07 p.m. Saturday and Leslie at 12:42 a.m. Sunday.
Gomes said the girls may have slipped through a hole in a fence that blocked off the pool, which was murky and not actively being used.
“It appears one of the pickets may have been compromised and investigators believe that’s a likely source of how the children got into the pool area,” he said.
The Department of Children and Families is investigating the incident, but would not release details, department spokeswoman Allison Goodwin said. The 9-year-old sister had been staying with a nearby family friend since the incident, but was now back with her parents, Goodwin said.
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