Update: Fatal Tragedy In Union County Pool

Two young children drown in swimming pool accident.

A 5-year-old and a 3-year-old fatally drowned after climbing into a neighbor's yard tonight according to a tweet from News12, emergency radio reports and the Star-Ledger. The incident occurred sometime around 7p.m. in the 200 block of Parkside Drive in Union.

The initial emergency "rush" call to local EMS occurred around 6:52p.m. and described "two kids in a pool". According to a later radio report around 6:54p.m., the children were said to have been found "not breathing".

Union Township Police Director Dan Zieser told the Star-Ledger the children were rushed to  where they were pronounced dead around 8:15p.m.

This article has been updated since it was originally posted at 9:09p.m.

CAMERON June 29, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Very sad. But what were two little boys doing outside. I am guessing without parents watching. Or not in bed at 7PM? Also way was the pool without a fence. Or. Ladder removed? My heart does go out to the parents. BUT. LESSON LEARNED. KEEP YOUR EYES ON LITTLE ONES.
john June 30, 2012 at 07:51 PM
union county says it all
hanna diver July 01, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Judgemental comments are cruel and without sympathy. This is a tragedy and I wish peace to the family in their grief.
sonia July 01, 2012 at 03:01 AM
My heart and prayers goes out to the family. I can't imagine loosing 1 child, never the less loosing 2. People should not judge we don't know what the situation is .... Maybe the mother could be working nights or perhaps the kids could have even given her a rough night. People are not perfect but usually there is a reason for everything. I think this mother is already going to have a lot to deal with and definitely doesn't need any negative criticism. This was a tragedy
Ann Marie Patti July 01, 2012 at 05:58 AM
As a parent of one, I can not even think of what this family is going through now...I understood from a news paper that dad just left for work and mom just came home from work, and mom fell asleep and this is what happened.. this is a 2 income family ...I first want to say that when my child started climbing I put high locks on the doors, and secondly, what kind of pool what it...I also have a inground with a fence around a fence...but even at a tender age children can find the loophole....I send my prayers and love to the family....Whatever the cause 2 children are gone and the truth will come out... God Bless his new ANGELS ♥♥♥♥ as parents we need eyes in front and back to watch our child....
Townperson July 01, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Stupid comment about Union County. That can happen anywhere!
elizabeth disbrow July 01, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I dont really think what kind of fence around the pool matters, its not thwir property to be going on. So the fence should not be an issue. And i agree with high locks. If you are going to take a nap the take precautions so nothing bad does happen. Not saying its her fault but it definately is not the neighbors fault.
Jill Alison July 01, 2012 at 02:17 PM
you're so right Townperson, and for some reason John's got "reply" disabled on his comment- wonder why! love to know where the moron is from. ;-)
melissa lewis July 01, 2012 at 02:28 PM
This could happen anywhere to anyone , judgement is ignorance! Tragedy I can't even imagine the horror they must be feeling
Harry July 02, 2012 at 05:26 AM
They climbed over the fence,poor kids.
Harry July 02, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Mom was napping on the couch,That poor woman has to face this the rest of her life.
Harry July 02, 2012 at 05:32 AM
June Alison,,You can;t reply to a reply,if you can follow what I mean.
Nancy Bodnar July 11, 2012 at 02:44 PM
To the people that commented, "Not in bed at 7pm", "lesson learned" & "union county says it all", I sincerely pray you don't encounter insensitive people when you endure a loss. Also, why not identify yourself when making such comments? Why are you hiding your identity? Perhaps you'd be embarrassed if someone knew how you really think/feel?
Ron July 12, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Knowing the pathetic mother she is I hope the neighbor who pool it was SUES the mother for the worthless excuse of a mother she is. She will probly sue them people for what was her FAULT. I hope they beat her to the punch


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