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Two children fighting for life following near-drowning

Lakeland, Florida – Two toddlers who nearly drowned in a backyard swimming pool are fighting for their lives.

Both toddlers remain in "very critical condition" at St. Joseph's Hospital, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

The 911 call came in at 6:14 on Friday afternoon stating that the toddlers, a 12- and 24-month-old, were floating face down in a swimming pool at a home on Morning Dove Circle in Lakeland.

According to the sheriff's office, they were in the pool between 10 to 15 minutes before they were found by a parent who was inside the home.

Polk County deputies who first responded to the scene performed CPR on the children before EMS arrived and transported them to Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

After their arrival, both were airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa where they are listed in critical condition.

At the scene, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd called the incident a "nightmare" situation on Mother's Day weekend and a "tragic accident."

The toddlers have been identified as Jayvian Trevis Watkins, 2, and Silas Lugo Walsh, 18 months. Parents Jonathan Walsh and Serena Lugo were inside the home when the incident happened.

Investigators say that there was a closed door leading to the pool area that was not locked and the pool fence was not secure, allowing the children access to the water.


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