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Three year old Slidell boy dies in drowning

SLIDELL, LA (WVUE)- A three-year-old Slidell boy dies in a drowning after police say he opened his bedroom window and wandered across the street to his neighbor's pool.

In a separate incident, police say a 14-year-old is in critical condition after jumping into Bayou Bonfouca on a dare. Sunday night, Slidell residents say they feel for the families of both boys.

Residents who live near David Drive in Slidell say they woke up Sunday morning to the sound of sirens. Tammy King says, "It was chaotic. We didn't know what happened."

Police say homeowners in the 100 block found a little boy face down in their swimming pool. The child lived across the street and although his parents thought he was watching TV in his bedroom, he'd left the house between the hours of 7:00 and 9:00 Sunday morning. Slidell Police Detective Daniel Seuzeneau explains, "He discovered yesterday how to open his window. The parents were distraught to find him outside yesterday, did everything they could to prevent the child from doing it again."

Once outside, police say the little boy either slid under a gap in the wooden fence surrounding the neighbor's pool, or was able to push open the gate. They believe he then climbed stairs leading to the above-ground pool.

Neighbor Brandy Peer, whose a mother of four, says this would be any parent's worst nightmare. "I can't even imagine what's going through their head right now cause I can tell you what's going through my head and you know and I would never wish that on anybody," said Peer.

A day before the drowning on David Drive, Slidell police were at Bayou Bonfouca at Heritage Park investigating a near drowning of a 14-year-old. It happened near the boat launch. "He had a dare to jump into the bayou. He jumped into the bayou and never came back up from the water," said Seuzeneau.

Several bystanders jumped in and pulled the teen out. A Slidell police officer performed CPR. The teen is now in critical condition.

Back on David Drive, residents we spoke to say they're praying for the family of the young boy who died after this heartbreaking tragedy that hits way too close to home.

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