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Mother misled investigators about location of drownings, authorities say

May 13, 2013 (Mt. Helix) --A one-year-old girl is dead and her two-year-old brother have died after their mother awoke this morning and found both children unconscious  in a swimming pool. The family had been staying at the residence on Mt. Helix at 10011 Sunset Avenue in unincorporated La Mesa.

The mother pulled the children from the pool with help from her friend and drove to La Mesa Fire Station #13 for assistance. “After arrival at the fire station, the friend ran away and has not been located,” Lt Gle,n Giannantonio with the San Diego Sheriff’s Homicide Detail reported.

Paramedics at the fire station worked to revive the children and transported them to Sharp Grossmont Hospital in an ambulance. Despite efforts of the paramedics and hospital staff, the girl was pronounced dead. The boy was transported to Rady Children's Hospital, where he later died. 

The mother initially told investigators that the children were in the pool at the Lamplighter Village Mobile Home Park.on Jamacha, She later admitted they were in the pool at the residence on Sunset Ave. She said she initially gave the wrong location because she didn't want her friend who lives at the residence to get in trouble for not having a fence around the pool.

During a search of the residence, investigators located a marijuana grow in the basement. Investigators from the Narcotics Task Force were called in to handle that portion of the investigation.

The Sheriff's Homicide Detail, Family Protection Unit, and investigators from the Lemon Grove Sheriff's Station are conducting a death investigation on the incident. Although at this point there is no evidence of foul play related to the child's death, the investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321/after hours at (858) 565-5200. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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