(BCN) — Two children died after falling into a pool and a third was rescued on Monday morning at a day care center located in a South San Jose home, police said. Authorities were called about 9:05 a.m. for a welfare check at the home in the 1000 block of Fleetwood Drive, where several children reportedly fell into a pool at Happy Happy Home Daycare.
Emergency medical crews were called, and three children were taken to hospitals in critical condition. Despite life-saving efforts, two were pronounced dead at the hospitals. The third’s status was later updated to non-life threatening, police said.
“The fire engines come, the ambulance, and I’m like, ‘Oh, what happened?’ And more and more just kept coming,” said neighbor Chuey Anima.
Anima hoped for the best, but as a father himself, he was heartbroken to find out that two of the kids died at the hospital. The third survived with non-life threatening injuries.
“Once I found out three kids were impacted, I’ve been shook up all day,” he said. However, Anima said sending his own kids to a daycare with a pool would be out of the question.
“That would be a no from me if I were to send my kids to a daycare,” he said. “If they had a pool that would be something I’d worry about.”
The area of Fleetwood Drive was closed off most of the day Monday as police investigated the daycare.
On the daycare’s website, the owner named Nina says she was two decades of experience with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development. The daycare describes itself as a “safe, nurturing, indoor and outdoor environment.”
Per county protocol for all child deaths, the San Jose police homicide unit and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office will investigate the deaths.
Bay City News contributed to this report.