LAKE HUGHES – A boy and a girl drowned in Lake Hughes and authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding their deaths.
Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives responded at 6:55 p.m. Monday, April 18, to the 43100 block of Lake Hughes Road in the Angeles National Forest, northwest of Palmdale, where the victims were found near a pond, said Ronald Rodil of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Both victims were taken to Antelope Valley Hospital where the boy was pronounced dead around 9 p.m. on Monday, according to sheriff’s officials and media reports. Sheriff’s officials said the girl died about two hours later.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about the drowning is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.
Palmdale Sheriff Station deputies received a call of possible critical missing children. Upon arrival to the location, deputies contacted the mother who had removed her children from a nearby pond. The deputies observed the children were unresponsive and immediately began CPR.
Paramedics arrived at the location and continued lifesaving efforts and the children were airlifted to a nearby hospital where both were subsequently pronounced deceased.
Detectives later learned the children were last seen playing in the yard of the location. When the mother went to call them into the residence, she noticed the children were missing and began searching for them. The mother located them inside a shallow pond which was within a close proximity to the residence.
The children were siblings and are described as a 4-year-old male and a 3-year-old female.
There is no additional information available at this time.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
UPDATE: The siblings have been identified as 4-year-old Movses Aslanyan and 3-year-old Lilya Aslanyan.