Two brothers drown in complex pool after sneaking out for night swim

Ja’Kye Joseph and Branario Minto. (Photo: GoFundMe Page)
Ja’Kye Joseph and Branario Minto. (Photo: GoFundMe Page)

Two American brothers were found dead and floating face-down in the pool at their apartment complex after they reportedly snuck out of their home for a late-night swim.

Six-year-old Ja’Kye Joseph and five-year-old Branario Minto from Florida, were discovered by neighbours on Wednesday 22 May at Palms Apartment Complex in North Lauderdale where they lived, People reports.

“I ran over there and saw two children laying on the side of the pool, the kids were on the floor and they were [being given] CPR,” a devastated neighbour told local media.

The youngsters’ mom, Wildine Joseph, was reportedly asleep when the incident occurred, Daily Mail reports.

According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, family members tried to resuscitate the boys until the ambulance arrived.

The two were then transported to Northwest Medical Centre where they were pronounced dead.

Wildine said her sons, who were unable to swim, must have managed to jump the fence to get into the pool area.

“I’m so sorry. If I was there, I could have saved them on time,” Wildine told Local 10 News. “I will always miss my babies. I’m sorry, Ja’Kye. I’m sorry, Branario.”

Police are reportedly investigating the incident.

Sources: People, The Sun, Daily Mail

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