The mother of two young boys who drowned in a North Lauderdale swimming pool has been arrested, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.
Wildline Liline Joseph, 23, of Lauderhill, is charged with two counts of aggravated manslaughter of a child following the deaths of brothers Branario Minto, 5, and Ja’Kye Joseph, 6, court records show.ADVERTISEMENT
Lauderhill police arrested her about 1 a.m. Saturday. Her boyfriend John Louis Lynn Jr., 24, was arrested Tuesday on the same charges.
About 9:30 p.m. on May 22, a relative found the brothers submerged in the community pool at the Silver Palms Condominiums, at 1200 S.W. 52nd Ave. They pulled the unresponsive boys from the water, began CPR, and called 911.
Surveillance video showed the brothers playing in the pool area about two hours earlier, unsupervised.
Detectives believe the boys may have climbed over the fence to reach the pool in the apartment complex that is located south of West Atlantic Boulevard, between South State Road 7 and Florida’s Turnpike.
Lynn is not the biological father of either boy but was living with their mother at the time and they were the parents of at least one of two other children, investigators said.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office Child Protective Investigations Section removed the brothers’ 4-month-old and 1-year-old siblings from their home in May as part of the death investigation.
Detectives said both Lynn and Joseph failed to provide proper care and supervision for the brothers, which made them responsible for their deaths.
Joseph was being held in the Broward County Main Jail on bonds totaling $500,000. Lynn was also being held on bonds totaling $500,000, but will remain in jail without bond because of unrelated charges he’s facing, records showed.