Preliminary autopsy: 2-year-old twins found in neighbors' pool died by drowning

CENTER TOWNSHIP, Ind. -- The 2-year-old twins found unresponsive in a neighbor's pool Tuesday evening drowned by accident, according to a preliminary autopsy released by the Dearborn County coroner.

Heather Bressert, a neighbor who found the twin girls in an above ground pool, described how she made the heartbreaking discovery.

“I was in my yard with my husband,” said Heather Bressert on Wednesday morning. “A couple of firemen and my husband noticed something in my neighbors’ pool. While we were walking down there we quickly figured out what we saw was a small child.”

Dearborn County authorities said the 2-year-old girls, Jocelyn and Shaylyn Spurlock, were reported missing just before 7 p.m.

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"We conducted a search of the area and at approximately 8:15 p.m. the girls were found in a pool," said Sgt. Mac Socks with the Dearborn County Sheriffs Office.

Bressert said she ran to the pool after the grim discovery was made.

"I ran, picked one of the little girls up and brought her up to a fireman and started CPR,” she said. “Another fireman jumped in the pool to pick up the other little girl."

The girls were eventually taken to Dearborn County Hospital where they later died.

Neighbors confirmed that the girls' family moved to the area just a month ago.

Officials found no sign of foul play and said they believe the incident was accidental. The family who owned the home where the girls were found was out of town when the incident occurred.

"The investigation is ongoing at this time and I have no reason to believe (foul play) at this time," Socks said.

Bressert said she and her community were grief-stricken and in shock because of the girls’ deaths.

"I can't imagine what the family is going through. I just ask that everyone prays for the family of these children. Our community is in shock. Stuff like this doesn't normally happen in our small town,” Bressert said. “It's purely tragic. Give your children an extra hug today and embrace your family and know within an instant things can change."

On Wednesday morning, Sgt. Jon Evans with the sheriff's department said the coroner was performing an autopsy on the girls to confirm cause of death.

Dearborn County prosecutor Aaron Negangard said he was waiting for further results from that investigation before considering any charges involving the toddlers' death.

"It's too early," Negangard said. "We have to do a complete investigation to see exactly what happened and then determine if there's any criminal liability as a result of any of these facts. At this point, it's too early in the investigation to make any of those decisions."

Stay with WCPO for updates as they become available.

WCPO reporter Zac Pitts contributed to this report.

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