‘Our hearts go out:’ Missing toddlers die after being pulled from Longwood pond

Victims ID’d as siblings, ages 2 and 3; no foul play suspected

2 toddlers rescued from Seminole County pond
2 toddlers rescued from Seminole County pond

LONGWOOD, Fla. – Two sibling toddlers who were reported missing have died after being pulled from a pond Sunday evening in Seminole County, according to sheriff’s officials.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said it received a call around 7:20 p.m. about a 3-year-old girl and her 2-year-old brother who were missing at the Highcroft Point Townhomes on Wekiva Springs Road in Longwood.

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The children’s mother was distraught, screaming, “my babies,” when deputies arrived. She said her son and daughter have autism and tend to gravitate toward a nearby pond.

Deputies immediately went to the pond and found the boy floating in the water first, then found the girl.

They were both rushed to Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital, where they were pronounced dead within minutes of each other at about 8:30 p.m.

“Our hearts go out to the family,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Deputies said there was no indication of foul play.

An investigation is ongoing.