Broward County

‘I didn’t get to save them. I’m so sorry.’ Mom mourns drownings of her two young boys

A mother woke from her sleep to find her two sons, ages 5 and 6, had drowned in an apartment complex’s pool.

Neighbors saw the boys facedown in the pool at around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in a North Lauderdale complex in the 1200 block of Southwest 50th Avenue, Miami Herald news partner CBS4 reports.

Family members pulled the boys out of the water, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

In a tearful interview before news cameras, the brothers’ mother cried, “I wasn’t there to save them, but they’re in a better place now. That’s all that matters. I will always miss my babies. They were only 5 and 6, I lost my babies too early.”

Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue paramedics tried to revive the brothers on the ground near the pool as neighbors and the distraught mother watched, WSVN7 reported. The boys were taken to Northwest Medical Center but died.

On Thursday, deputies released the names of the brothers: Ja’Kye Joseph, 6, and Branario Minto, 5.

“Bernario was supposed to graduate on the 28th but it is what it is. I’m sorry. I didn’t get to save them. I’m so sorry,” the boys’ mom said in the CBS broadcast.

She said Ja’Kye was taking swim classes but hadn’t learned yet how to swim. She believes they jumped the pool’s fence.

Broward Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Child Protective Investigations Section removed a 4-month-old and a 1-year-old from the house as part of their investigation. BSO hasn’t released the mother’s name.

If you have information or saw the boys make their way into the pool, you can contact BSO Det. Barbara Dyer at 954-321-4262 or Broward Crime Stopper at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.
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