2 Children Dead, 1 Hospitalized After Falling Into California Daycare Pool, Police Say

The children's identities have not been released

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A California daycare was the scene of a tragedy on Monday morning.

Officers responded to San Jose's Happy Happy Daycare at 9:05 a.m. after receiving a report of children falling into a pool, reports NBC Bay Area. Following their arrival, three children were taken to local hospitals in critical condition.

Two were later declared dead, and the other's health status was updated to "non-life threatening," the outlet reports.

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The children's identities have not been released, and the incident remains under investigation by the San Jose Police Department and Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, reports KTVU. PEOPLE has reached out to the SJPD for comment.

The daycare states on its website that it is a "licensed home daycare" with a full-time and part-time schedule that includes "indoor/outdoor activities that embrace creativity." The website states that the location is "following all safety protocols," has "age-appropriate daily lessons," and maintains an "individual approach to each child."

Its owner, Nina, explains in a statement on the website that she has two children of her own and has a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development.

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"I am always learning and expanding while engaging with children," her statement adds. "They are a gift of wonder, presence, curiosity, adventure, and pure love. My gift in return is to offer the most trustworthy and caring environment that gives parents peace of mind their children are safe, secure, and unconditionally loved while they play, learn, and grow with our family. It’s my honor to serve this wonderful community."

Following the incident, Chuey Anima, a resident who lives by the daycare, told CBS News that she had been "shook up all day."

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"I literally live right across the street, so I see them being dropped off every day and picked up," she said. "It wrecks my heart."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children ages one to four have the highest drowning rates.

"Drowning can happen even when children are not expected to be near water, such as when they gain unsupervised access to pools," the CDC explains on its website. "Fatal drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1-4 and the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children 5-14, behind motor vehicle crashes."

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