Twin toddler siblings aged just 18 months both drowned in a pool at their family’s mansion after their great-grandma with Alzheimer’s left a door open.
Locklyn and Loreli Callazzo were found at the bottom of the murky water feature at their parents $565,000 home in Oklahoma City on Thursday.
Their mom Jenny Callazzo, 37, made the horrifying discovery and was seen administering CPR by Oklahoma City firefighters as they arrived on the scene.
Jenny, a stay-at-home mother who runs a bow boutique, lives at the property with her grandmother, six children and husband Sonny, 42, a marketing executive.
A relative of the family claims that Jenny’s grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s’, left the back door open, which allowed the twins to access the pool.
They added: ‘Please pray for the twins’ siblings and all of our family.’
The toddlers were found in the pool of the Cobblestone neighborhood home at around 10.45am and were confirmed dead at 1pm.
Aerial footage of the home showed a pool filled with dark green water, apparently as the result of thick algae.
Police have launched an investigation into the deaths, but added that it does not appear to be criminal in nature.
Just days before the tragic incident, she posted pictures of the twins outside the property with the caption ‘just want to play outside’.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family with expenses following the death of the toddlers and has raised $5,000 of a $7,500 goal so far.
It read: ‘These beautiful babies were taken from us too soon. Anything you can give to help with expenses would be greatly appreciated. We appreciate everyone’s love and support.’
The Oklahoma City Fire Department said they are unsure exactly how long the toddlers were in the pool.
Neighbors described witnessing a distraught Jenny get into the back of an EMS vehicle as paramedics battled to save the toddlers.
First responders continued CPR on the children as they transported them to Baptist Hospital, but they were pronounced dead on arrival.
Greg Merrell, Battalion Chief OKCFD, said: ‘It was a male and female… They were siblings.’
Locals also confirmed the family had lived at the property for around a year before the tragic incident.
Neighbor Mike Bernard told News 4: ‘It’s certainly disturbing. And, you know, my prayers go out to that family because little children are precious.
‘They brought out two little children and put them in separate ambulances. And they were doing CPR on both little children.
‘I saw the mother who was distraught, who got in an EMS vehicle.’
A child safety expert told Fox 25 the death of the toddlers was ‘heartbreaking’ and urged parents to remind themselves of the measures they can take to keep their families safe.
Injury Prevention Coordinator for Trauma at OU Health Laura Gamino said: ‘I just want to send the family my sincere condolences.
‘From Safe Kids Oklahoma City Metro and Oklahoma Children’s Hospital, [we’re] very, very sorry to hear this. It’s just tragic.
‘Anything can happen in an instant…Children are attracted to water and toddlers won’t have the skills to be able to help themselves get out of water…Drowning is very sudden, and it’s very silent.
‘Sometimes people have an idea that a child will have trouble in the water and be screaming, but they can’t because their mouth is full of water. So it’s very silent, and that’s one of the scariest things about it.’
She recommended anyone who owns a pool should install a four-foot-high fence around it with a gate that young children will not be able to open.