Authorities and relatives said that two young brothers died after they fell into an icy pond while visiting their grandmother in a Chicago suburb.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the boys as Romalice Brooks, 6, and Ro’Siah Brooks, 4, after firefighters pulled the boys from the pond Wednesday afternoon.
The medical examiner’s office investigator Johnnie Kearney said Friday morning that their causes of death remained under investigation.
Teghan Ivy, their mother, said her sons were staying with their grandmother on Wednesday. Ivy said she was inside when she heard her sons screaming her name and looked out to see them struggling in the pond’s icy waters.
Although Ivy tried to save her sons, she fell through the ice and could not reach them.
I heard them say, ‘Mommy! Mommy!’ so I came outside. I did the only thing I knew to do. I took off my shoes and got on the ice and tried to get them. However, the ice cracked and I also fell in,” Ivy told WLS-TV.
They were submerged for nearly 20 minutes before rescue divers pulled them from the pond, according to a local report.