Police say a 21-month-old boy drowned Wednesday after climbing into an above-ground pool in the backyard of his family's East Islip home on Long Island, and in Queens, another child drowned in a pool.
In the first incident, authorities were called to the house on Laurel Avenue around 12:40 p.m. after a family member found Byron McArthur at the bottom of the pool.
Police said the child had climbed a ladder to get into the pool. He was taken to Southside Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Later, a 4-year-old boy was pulled from a pool at a Queens home Wednesday evening around 6 p.m.
Christos Voulkoudis was taken to North Shore University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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