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      Missing toddlers found dead in family pond

      At a press conference this morning, Gratiot County Sheriff Douglas Wright laid out the tragic story of two toddlers that drowned in their family pond yesterday.

      Yesterday morning at 7:30 the mother of the children woke up the two three-year old boys, fed them breakfast, and the boys began to play. The mother checked on them at 9:30 that morning and the children were fine.

      She checked on them again later that morning at 10:45, and was unable to find them. At 10:56 am, the mother called 911 to report them missing.

      Deputies from the sheriff's office arrived 10 minutes later and started the search for the boys. A deputy spotted tiny footprints leading toward a pond about 200 to 300 yards from the home.

      The deputy then spotted one of the children submerged in 8 to 10 feet of water. The second child was found in water about 2-feet deep.

      The Gratiot County Dive Team assisted in recovering the bodies.

      Sheriff Wright said the 22-year-old mother and 24-year-old father are devastated.

      The names of the parents and children, as well as the address of the home, are not being released.