Neighbors cited in drowning of 2 Central Islip children

The owner of a pool where two children drowned Sunday is being cited for an incorrectly installed 6-foot stockade fence. Police say the fence allowed

Officials say two children climbed over a neighbor’s fence and drowned in a pool.

Officials say two children climbed over a neighbor’s fence and drowned in a pool. (4/15/13)

CENTRAL ISLIP - The owner of a pool where two children drowned Sunday is being cited for an incorrectly installed 6-foot stockade fence.

Police say the fence allowed the children to easily climb over, giving them access to the pool.

Suffolk County police say a 911 call came in at around 3:30 p.m. to report that two young siblings went missing from a home on Naples Avenue in Central Islip. Officers and K-9 units were brought in to search the neighborhood.

The children, identified as Ralph Knowles, 5, and Sharon Knowles, 7, were discovered at the bottom of a swimming pool behind a neighbor's home on Half Mile Road. They were taken to Southside Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Police say the residence where the children lived and the home where they were found shared a backyard fence.

The owner of the home where the children were found will appear in court on June 12.

Officials say an investigation is underway.

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