Union County Prosecutor’s Office

32 Rahway Avenue Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Theodore J. Romankow
Prosecutor

Contact:
John Holl
(908) 527-4621
jholl@ucnj.org

For Immediate Release
June 29, 2012

Siblings Drown in Union


The Union County Homicide Task Force continues to investigate the drowning death of two siblings which occurred on Thursday evening, said Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Police were called to the 200 block of Parkside Drive in Union around 645 p.m. on Thursday on a report of missing children. After a canvass of the area, the two boys – Kendell Francois, 3, and Kenley Francois, 5, – were discovered in a swimming pool in an adjacent back yard, said Romankow. It appears, based on the initial investigation, that the boys climbed over a 4-foot high fence and entered the pool. They were transported to a local hospital where they were pronounced dead at 8:17 p.m. It is still unclear how long they had been in the pool or away from adult supervision.

The task force regularly reviews cases of unattended deaths, and will be handling the investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning and detectives continue to take statements and collect and examine evidence. Additional information will be released through the Prosecutor’s Office via email and online at http://ucnj.org/prosecutor as it becomes available.