State Issues Ruling On Two Foster Children's Drowning Deaths

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AUSTIN (August 18, 2014) The State Department of Family and Protective Services has issued an initial report on the drowning deaths of two Waco foster children who died while swimming at Lake Georgetown.

The report details an investigation into Providence Kids, an agency in Austin that matches up foster children and foster parents.

The cover page of the report says: "Two children in care died while swimming in a lake.

"The children were in care of the foster parent at the time on the incident.

"Supervision is in question," the report said.

Specifically the report finds the foster parents were not aware the two children went under water until the children were found by others.

Also the report says the children, both of whom were unable to swim, drowned in two feet of water.

The report also said the caregiver did not see the children slip under water and fail to resurface.

The report also says the caregivers "left the children at risk of harm or death by drowning by not providing adequate supervision while the children were in a body of water."

The 4-year-old Waco girl and her 6-year-old brother drowned as they played in the water in Lake Georgetown were in foster care and state officials say they have halted placements by the agency that put them in their foster home.

The two children were placed in a foster home on Aug. 2, 2013, in Cedar Park, Department of Family and Protective Services spokeswoman Julie Moody said.

Two other siblings, a 1-year-old-girl and a 22-month-old boy, who were placed in the foster home earlier this year, have been moved and the foster home is closed pending the outcome of the investigation, Moody said.

The children were placed in the home by Austin-based Providence Kids, a licensed placement agency.

The agency has 29 foster children in eight homes in Bell, Williamson, Travis, Lee and Hays Counties, Moody said.