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Foster Home Under Investigation After 2 Children Drown At Lake Georgetown

Updated: Tuesday, July 8 2014, 05:26 PM CDT

It's at the calm waters of Russell Park at Lake Georgetown where a six-year old girl and her four-year-old brother drowned Sunday afternoon.

"They were accompanied by a 12-year-old male that was there kind of keeping an eye on them, so the two smallest children wanted to play, who could hold their breath the longest," says Georgetown Police Captain Roland Waits.

A short time later, the twelve year old couldn't find either of the children and started to panic.

Captain Waits says, "Within about five minutes he actually found the young girl in about three feet of water."

Fifteen minutes later witnesses found the boy.

Both victims are foster children staying with a family in Cedar Park.

"Bottom line, Child Protective Services is responsible for the safety of these kids and we are responsible," says Julie Moody, a spokesperson with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

The children had been in the home since August 2013.

In fiscal year 2013, 10 foster children have died in the state of Texas due to neglect or abuse at the hands of foster parents.

We asked Moody whether we have a crisis in Central Texas.

She responded, "I would say so. One child is one child too many, it is something we here at Child Protective Services have been looking at for the past year, this is unacceptable for a child who is placed in foster care to die."

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services have suspended placements through the Austin-based Providence Kids child placing agency -- the company that licensed the foster home where the children lived.

The state is also reviewing all 29 placements by this company.

By Lydia Pantazes

Foster Home Under Investigation After 2 Children Drown At Lake Georgetown


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