The Marcengill family of South Carolina’s world has come crashing down when the older sister discovered her twin toddler brothers at the bottom of a backyard swimming pool on Saturday afternoon during a social gathering. Caleb Marcengill, one of the 3-year-old twin toddlers, was pronounced shortly after emergency response arrived at the scene. Ezekiel Marcengill, the other 3-year-old toddler, was rushed to the hospital and placed on life support, where he died the following day.
USA Today reports the death of both toddler twins from South Carolina were ruled to be accidental drownings. The toddlers and their South Carolina family were at a social gathering on Saturday. Just after lunch at roughly 12:30 p.m. ET, a group of children at the social gathering went outside to play together in the yard.
Emergency medical personnel and deputies responded to the incident at roughly 2:20 p.m. ET after the older sister to the twin toddlers found both of the boys at the bottom of the swimming pool in the backyard. It was determined the boys had likely been under the water for between 15 to 20 minutes.
Family members of the boys attempted to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation after they found the boys under the water until help could arrive. Caleb, the first of the twin, was pronounced dead at 3:21 p.m. on Saturday. His brother, Ezekiel, died the next day at 2:30 p.m. after being taken to the hospital and placed on life support.
The father of these twin toddler from South Carolina is urging everyone to take the time to hug their loved ones as he was forced to say goodbye to his twin toddlers on Father’s Day.
“Hold them tight,” the twins’ father said on Sunday after the second toddler died. “You protect your kids as best as you can. They reach an age where they can run around and play. How do you defend against everything?” He questions.
Greenville Online reports a key was required to unlock the gate to access the swimming pool outside. The older sister of the twins had to use the key to get to the swimming pool where she found her toddler brothers under the water. The twins were so small, it is likely they either crawled under or climbed over the fence.
“There’s a pretty good gap on one side of the fence and pretty much an adult could’ve crawled under it.”
The pool was 4-feet deep and the water level was determined to be roughly 3-feet and 8-inches.
Family members of the twin boys went on to tell authorities the boys were in the process of learning how to swim. Typically, they would use swimming aids. The father believes it is possible the toddlers got into the water confident they knew how to swim as they had been taking lessons without the flotation devices.
Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown, who leads investigations involving child-related deaths, said no autopsy would be conducted after the deaths were ruled accidental, according to Independent Mail. According to Coroner Don McCown, this was another terrible accident and one more in the line of recent tragedies involving children dying all around the U.S.
“It’s just sad,” was the only thing Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown could say to describe what had happened.
The father of the Marcengill from South Carolina have said that he, his wife, and his family will be leaning on friends and their church, United Assembly of God, near Seneca, for support as the mourn the loss of their twin toddlers. The father of the twins goes on to say that funeral arrangement have yet to be made for the 3-year-old toddlers.
“We’re just praying to the Lord,” the father of the twin toddlers from South Carolina said.
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