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Twin toddler girls in Mass. drown in family pool

There are 105 comments on the York Dispatch story from Jul 17, 2010, titled Twin toddler girls in Mass. drown in family pool. In it, York Dispatch reports that:

Authorities say twin toddler girls are dead after they drowned in the family swimming pool in Massachusetts.

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mom in sg

Spring Grove, PA

#1 Jul 17, 2010
as a mom of twins my heart aches
mom in mass

Cambridge, MA

#2 Jul 17, 2010
something sounds very strange about this.
danielle

Boston, MA

#3 Jul 17, 2010
mom in mass - what is so strange about this? there is nothing strange about a horrible tragedy.
desertkat

Ruidoso, NM

#4 Jul 17, 2010
As a mom of twin toddlers, I can tell you that they do everything together. Fast. Very fast. Before you can blink an eye. I am in tears over this sad story.
Anne

Lunenburg, MA

#5 Jul 17, 2010
How terribly tragic for the twins and their whole family! As someone who has lost a child, and who has close ties to another family with two-year-old twin girls, my heart breaks for the family!
Northshore Mom

North Andover, MA

#8 Jul 18, 2010
Saddest of all, maybe a gate around the edge of pool, would have stopped this nightmare tradegy. Seen gates that just surround in ground pools.
Northshore Mom

North Andover, MA

#9 Jul 18, 2010
Seen gates that go directly around in-ground pools, could have prevented this living nightmare. I am sick just thinking about those paramedics/police having to witness this saddest of all tragedy.
Northshore

Salem, MA

#10 Jul 18, 2010
Just imagine what these parents and family members have to live with.
Our hearts and prayers are with them.
Lisa

Southold, NY

#11 Jul 18, 2010
As a mother of 5 girls, including twin, No words can express how horrible this is!! I'm sending prayers to this family!!
martin

Canada

#12 Jul 18, 2010
As father of twin girls these hits deep the parents will never recover from these. Tough very tough to absorb.pray for the family
Rochelle

Adams, MA

#13 Jul 18, 2010
I have twin daughters and after swimming one day I had them out of the pool and dressed to leave. I literally turned to say hello to a friend for just seconds. My girls were by my side but when I turned to get their hands one was back in the pool submerged in the water. I screamed and pulled her out. It was just a moment and she was fine but 20 years later I still get shaken and teary thinking of the possibilities and how lucky we were. We are human and do the best we can. This was simply a tragedy! Good Lord... my heart simply breaks for this family.
Amy

Worcester, MA

#14 Jul 18, 2010
They HAD the gate and a cover. I have 3 yr old twins, and I can see this was a terrible tragedy. They clearly took precautions. It is completely dissimilar to drunk driving or negligence. It takes two minutes for this to happen, and unless you have parented twins for 2.5 years without ever looking away (say, to prepare food for them or get a sippy cup?) then you should withhold judgment. Richard, could you be a bigger moron if you tried?
mjlim

Easthampton, MA

#15 Jul 18, 2010
mom in mass wrote:
something sounds very strange about this.
Seeing the home on the news footage, knowing the median price of homes in this community, and hearing reported that when help arrived it was too late to do anything, I wonder how long they were unattended and how well that pool was secured at the time. Some reports say they had a fully fenced in pool and an automatic pool cover. How many toddlers do you know that can get into an (undoubtedly costly and well intentioned) gate enclosure and then figure out how to uncover the pool while unattended? It boils down to them being unattended, the pool enclosure being unlocked, and the pool being uncovered. My heart does break for this family. As for criminal negligence mentioned in another post, I'm sure this mother will be in her own prison forever. If she lived a less affluent area, you can be sure DCF would be involved-that would be an appropriate type of investigation. Those poor babies.
mjlim

Easthampton, MA

#16 Jul 18, 2010
Amy wrote:
They HAD the gate and a cover. I have 3 yr old twins, and I can see this was a terrible tragedy. They clearly took precautions. It is completely dissimilar to drunk driving or negligence. It takes two minutes for this to happen, and unless you have parented twins for 2.5 years without ever looking away (say, to prepare food for them or get a sippy cup?) then you should withhold judgment. Richard, could you be a bigger moron if you tried?
A cover and a gate only protect children if they are in use. One of my children could open every lock, every door, every window by the time she was about 18 months old. It was very difficult but we never took our eyes off her-we just couldn't. I have to believe the safety measures they took were not employed at the time of this terrible accident. Anyone can make a mistake-but when the stakes are so high that's your first priority.I respect that you are a mom of twins-but I'm sure you must concede at the very least that the enclosure must not have been secured.

“Uzi Does It”

Since: Nov 08

UZILAND

#17 Jul 18, 2010
mjlim wrote:
As for criminal negligence mentioned in another post, I'm sure this mother will be in her own prison forever.
Crimes are violations of the state.
Jennifer

Marlborough, MA

#18 Jul 18, 2010
As a mother of identical girls also, one of whom has the same name as one of these twins, my heart breaks for this family. I hope and pray that they have a strong support network.
speechless in Windsor

Wrightsville, PA

#19 Jul 18, 2010
Oh No,those poor little angels gone home already...God Bless and keep the family through this terrible loss.
May their innocent little souls rest in peace.
I pray the parents have learned just how quickly little ones can get into trouble if not watched every second they're awake. What a sad, sad accident to learn from.
Melissa

Duncansville, PA

#20 Jul 18, 2010
I have 2 1/2 year old twin girls, as a mother of any children you have to think of the worse outcome of everything and put locks, gates, whatever to stop it from happening. This was PREVENTABLE, they have a brick gate around the house why not the friggin pool? No excuse for this none at all, but she's the one that has to live with herself!
Amy wrote:
They HAD the gate and a cover. I have 3 yr old twins, and I can see this was a terrible tragedy. They clearly took precautions. It is completely dissimilar to drunk driving or negligence. It takes two minutes for this to happen, and unless you have parented twins for 2.5 years without ever looking away (say, to prepare food for them or get a sippy cup?) then you should withhold judgment. Richard, could you be a bigger moron if you tried?
smarten up

Brattleboro, VT

#21 Jul 18, 2010
why is it some if you find the need to find someone at fault instead of seeing it for what it is, an unthinkable, tragic and horrible accident. Please just pray for this devasted family and don't be so quick to judge others. its sickening.
Amy

Worcester, MA

#24 Jul 18, 2010
mjlim - if your 18 month-old had been an identical twin with similar verve, could you have kept both within your line of vision at all times? I really think it's disgusting to judge in this situation.

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