Report: Foster families violated rules on day of drowning

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A pair of foster families were found to be in violation of several rules on the day two children drowned last month at Lake Georgetown, according to a Texas Department of Family and Protective Services investigation.

A 4-year-old and 6-year-old were playing a game with an older child to see who could hold their breath underwater the longest when they drowned.

A report showed the foster parent for the two children was not aware the children went underwater and it wasn’t until the kids were found by others minutes later that the parent learned of the drowning. The parent was nearly 200 feet away from the kids at the time, the report added. Neither of the children knew how to swim and were not wearing life jackets.

The other foster family at the lake with the parent was cited for not appropriately supervising the children.

Texas halted placement of foster children by Providence Kids after the deaths, and the company closed both foster homes connected to the case on Aug. 15. The parents will no longer be able to care for foster children, a DFPS spokesperson said.

The company said Tuesday that the findings are being reviewed and it’s cooperating with any further inquiry.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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