Brother and Sister Drown in Puddle of Rain Water

POSTED: Monday, September 21, 2009 - 7:47am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:24pm

A few feet of rain water pooled behind a Vado home was all it took for two young children to drown Saturday afternoon.

Investigators say 5-year-old Michelle Marmolejo and her brother, 3-year-old Brandon, wandered away from a family gathering at their home.

Their father noticed they were missing and started to search the area with neighbors and friends.

About 20 minutes later the children were discovered floating faced down in the pool of rain water behind the home.

Their father jumped in and pulled them out.

A family friend started CPR.

Both children were pronounced dead at the hospital.

The Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department is investigating.

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