Brothers Branario Minto, 5 and Ja’Kye Jose, 6, drowned to death at the Silver Palms Apartment Complex in North Lauderdale on May 22.
This past Saturday, their 23-year-old mother, Wildline Joseph, was arrested for manslaughter.
Her arrest comes nearly four months after the tragic incident.
According to Joseph, her sons snuck out of their Florida apartment complex in the middle of the night. The unsupervised boys reportedly decided to go for a swim while she was asleep.
They somehow managed to climb over the locked pool fence at around 7:16pm, according to Fox News.
It wasn’t until around 9:30pm that they were found unresponsive at the bottom of the pool. A frantic Joseph and several family members pulled the boys from under the water.
CPR was then performed on Branario and Ja’Kye as 911 responders arrived on the scene. The brothers were rushed to the Northwest Medical Center, but were sadly pronounced dead.
On Saturday, at around 1am, Broward County Sheriff’s Office arrested Wildline and her boyfriend John Lynn, 24, on Tuesday on manslaughter charges.
Sgt Don Prichard told Fox News that “detectives said Joseph failed to provide proper care and supervision for the brothers, which makes her responsible for their deaths.”
According to the Sun Sentinel, Lynn was Wildline’s live in boyfriend but not the biological father of the boys.
The grieving mom told Local 10 in May that her sons were taking swimming lessons, but only one of her son’s was a competent swimmer.
Child protective services removed Wildline’s other children from the home – a four-month-old and one-year-old children during an investigation.
At the time of the drownings, she wept in a televised interview on Local 10: “I’m so sorry. If I was there I could have saved them on time.”
“I will always miss my babies. I’m sorry, Ja’Kye. I’m sorry, Branario.”