Family of nearly drowned twins cleared of wrongdoing

Twin boys critical after being pulled from pool

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The family of 14-month old twin boys who were found face down in a backyard pool will not face criminal charges, St. Petersburg police said Tuesday.

"It looks like it was a strictly accidental situation which the grandmother stepped outside, apparently to have a smoke," said police spokesman Mike Puetz.  "When she returned, she didn't fully close the sliding glass door," he said.

The toddlers were pulled from the water and their mother performed CPR.  Both kids were rushed to All Children's Hospital, where they were initially listed in good condition, but they were downgraded to critical and transferred to the intensive care unit.

Police said 15 people from multiple families live at 4052 38th Avenue North, making the home extremely crowded.  

"Sometimes you can actually have a house too packed with people," Puetz said.

Despite the cramped conditions, investigators didn't believe that was an issue serious enough to land charges against family members.  Many of those inside the house are hearing impaired, but that was also ruled out as a factor in the near drowning.

Anne Duran lives two doors down from where the accident occurred, and during her 15 years in the neighborhood she's heard about kids falling into pools time and time again.

"I think that people just have too many other things to do," Duran said.  "They just go on about their way and forget," she said.

Duran said she wished more backyard pools had safeguards that could prevent accidents like the one involving the twin boys.

"All pools should have a fence, not just around the yard, but around the pool," Duran said.

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