By City News Service

Two young siblings drowned this week in a shallow pond in the Lake Hughes area, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced.

Authorities went to the 43100 block of Lake Hughes Road at about 6:55 p.m. Monday. The children–a 4-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl–were airlifted to a hospital, where they died, the sheriff’s department reported.

Their names had not been released at press time.

“Detectives later learned the children were last seen playing in the yard of the location,” a sheriff’s department statement said. “When the mother went to call them into the residence, she noticed the children were missing and began searching for them. The mother located them inside a shallow pond which was within close proximity to the residence.”

Sheriff’s Lt. Charles Calderaro told Fox11 that the boy died at about 9 p.m. and the girl died about two hours later. Calderaro said deputies initially went to the location on a report that the children were missing.

“When they arrived, they discovered that the mother and a neighbor had located the children in a small pond located near the property,” Calderaro said. “They noticed that the children were unresponsive. They immediately began CPR, paramedics were summoned to the location, they continued life saving efforts, and ultimately the young children were airlifted to the hospital.”

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the drowning was asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.

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