A mother and grandfather who drowned in their swimming pool in New Jersey a week ago were trying to save an 8-year-old girl who had fallen, police said. Bharat Patel, 62, his daughter-in-law Nisha Patel, 33, and his 8-year-old daughter werein the above-ground pool, on the afternoon of June 22, East Brunswick police responded to a 911 call from neighbors who heard screams.
East Brunswick Lt. Frank Sutter said the girl had fallen into the pool and that her grandfather and mother were trying to save her when they too started drowning, according to CBS in New York.
Prosecutors and Middlesex County Police said that while the above-ground pool was predominantly shallow at 3 1
Real estate listings show that the pool had already been installed when the Patel family purchased the house in April, according to NJ.com. Neighbors told CBS in New York that the family had just moved in about a month ago.
“It’s painful. It’s painful,” Yamini Patel said at the station.
The county regional medical examiner determined the drowning of the cause of death and judged the manner of accidental death for all three victims. Police and prosecutors said earlierin their deaths.