911 Call Shows Mother Of Drowned Twins In Near Panic; Questions Arise Whether Pool Met Code
By Mike Perleberg
(Aurora, Ind.) – The grandmother of a set of twins may have fallen asleep when the children wandered off and were later found in a swimming pool.
Two-year-olds Jocelyn and Shaylyn Spurlock died Tuesday evening after they were discovered in a neighbor’s swimming pool on Elm Circle, just a couple houses away from their Dutch Hollow Road home. Investigators have said that no foul play is suspected in the girls’ deaths.
Eagle 99.3 has obtained a recording of the 911 call placed at about 6:49 p.m. Tuesday by the girls’ mother, Breanna Spurlock. The mother sounded on the edge of panic as she spoke to the dispatcher after looking everywhere in the home for her daughters.
“I left them with my mother and we come home to unload a China hutch and they’re not here…,” Spurlock said. “My mother was here and she fell asleep and they must have snuck out of the house.”
Spurlock told the dispatcher she and her husband, Brad Spurlock, had been to the store to purchase furniture. Other media reports stated that the couple had just recently moved into their home on Dutch Hollow Road.
“They had to come outside because all their little balls my daughters play with were in the hot tub… …That’s where I went and looked first,” Breanna Spurlock said.
At one lull during the call, the mother states “God, this is not happening.”
The dispatcher asks about swimming pools in the area. Spurlock said one neighbor had a pool behind a rail and chicken wire fence. It’s unclear if that is the same pool in which the twins were later found by a neighbor.
The neighbors between the Spurlock’s home and the home with the pool, Bob and Heather Bressert, were the individuals who spotted the girls in the pool. The couple removed the girls with the help of firefighters, according to WCPO-TV. It is unknown how long they had been in the water.
Eagle 99.3 has learned that there is no permit on file with Dearborn County anytime after 1998 for a swimming pool at the home at 10798 Elm Circle, where the girls were located. According to tax records, the unincorporated property is owned by Jason and Cheryl Stewart.
Dearborn County Planning & Zoning Director Mark McCormack says Indiana state law and county code requires that a pool either be surrounded by a fence or barrier at least four feet tall, unless the pool has a cover that meets certain specifications:
“i) provide a continuous connection between the cover and the deck, so as to prohibit access to the pool when the cover is completely drawn over the pool; ii) be mechanically operated by a key or key and switch such that the cover cannot be drawn open or retracted without the use of a key or a key and switch or touch pad with a personal access code; iii) be capable of supporting a four hundred (400) pound imposed load upon a completely drawn cover; iv) is installed with a track, rollers, rails, guides, or other accessories necessary to accomplish the other items in this section; v) bear an identification tag indicating the name of the manufacturer, name of the installer, installation date, and applicable safety standards, if any.”
It is unclear if the swimming pool and its cover in this situation met those specifications. No fence could be seen around the pool or yard.
Dearborn County’s permit records prior to 1998 were legally destroyed under court orders by preceding department heads, McCormack said.
I am forever grateful that they took the "911" off! Thank you Eagle Radio for recognizing and understanding the needs of your listeners! I realize it is one of your god given right to have freedom of speech, however in some certain circumstances, it's a judgement call. This family had been through enough, and I am sure she is reliving that phone call that day and everything about the entire day, with every breath she takes. I feel like "eagle country radio" is from our small little town, and when a tragedy such as this happens, you make a judgement call. So thank you agin WSCH. And I apologize for being so harsh & abrasive.
If you don't want to listen to something, watch something or read something then DON'T.
There's plenty of blame to go around in this tragedy, yet the most outrage seems to be directed towards a news outlet posting a 911 recording.
TAKE THIS DOWN! NO PARENT OR GRANDPARENT OR FAMILY MEMBER WOULD WANT THIS EXPLOITED! IT TRULY SICKENS ME THAT YOU COULD NOT OR WOULD NOT CONSIDER THE GREIF THIS FAMILY IS GOING THROUGH! BECAUSE OF YOUR INABILITY TO PUT OTHERS FIRST! I PROMISE YOU THAT YOU JUST LOST LOYAL LISTENERS BECAUSE YOU TRYING TO BOOST YOUR RATINGS! YOU MAKE ME SICK!
It's depends on who you are requiring a fence around pools I know of a inground pool on oberting rd that has never had a fence around it and my 2 small boys had to go there for visitation for there so called dad when I told lawyers and our lovely courthouse about it they said it didn't apply to my x inlaws oh I forgot it depends on who you are in this county. My prayers are with this family. My boys are adults now and don't have to go to that a awful place anymore. I could never imagine my life without them
I can't believe Eagle Country Online 99.3 posted that poor mother's 911 call! That was her lowest point at the worst time of her life and our LOCAL radio station thought it would be ok to air it?! I will not listen to that recording but This is horrible! I don't know that mother, but right now we allNeed to stick up for her and have WSCH take this down, bc this is the last thing she is worried about right now I'm sure. I also decided to look through the comments on that post and noticed a lot of other locals to be furious about this and leaving comments. Crazy how eagle made a comment, obviously seen all the comments people posted and still did not take the audio down. I have a feeling they will lose a lot of listeners!
So...parents lose their children and everyone is in a contest to pass blame. On top of the emotions this family is dealing with, the 911 call is released to the public. I grew up in Lawrenceburg and as far as I can see these comments are as tragic as the loss of 2 children.
I can not believe that there are people actually willing to post the 911 call. Eagle, you can delete my post and make whatever excursion or no excuse at all for doing so, but the surrounding community is not happy with you. Your actions disrespect the family involved. Whoever is running your news had better be ready for a long week of hate mail.
It the most horrific accident that one could ever encounter in there lifetime, and to lose 2 babies at the same time is unimaginable to me. I'm so sorry for the loss of the family and my prayers go out to all of them, at there time of need. May God help all of you through this tough time. There is no need in people bashing anyone for this, it's unimaginable the pain and suffering this family is going through at this time, and I for one will be praying for the entire family here. God Bless you all.
What a terrible tragedy, and regardless of opinion it is a tragedy, tendency for some will be to point fingers and find blame but only for selfish reasons as this will only cause more hurt and pain to all those involved, "what if's and I should of's" are the worst kind of guilt that never goes away, my prayers for all those involved in this horrible tragedy.
Wow, people don't want the truth and have to delete comments! Grow up people and face the facts for crying out loud
If grandma couldn't stay awake the parents should of never left them.It's always safer taking kids with you, twins are too much for grandma's to take care of
This truly saddens me. My heart is breaking for this family and we as a community need to be pulling together to support them. I know this is public record, but why exploit this terrible tragedy just to achieve ratings. We are a small town and we love our children. Let's show our love and support to the Spurlock/Conley family god knows they need it! RIP JOCALYNN & SHAELYNN You are loved & missed!!
My heart is broken for the whole family..Words can not express the sorrow !! Everyone is praying for all of you .
What the he'll is wrong with you!!!!! Accidents happen and so do mistakes and this family has enough to deal with you are beyond disrespectful!!!! I am close with this family they are as good as my own and if you have nothing good to say keep it to yourself!!!!! Your rude comments can be kept to yourself.....There is no one person who can say they have never fallen asleep when watching a child!!! Show one respect!!!!
@deetew That's about the dumbest thing you could have said! I have 6 grandkids and 2 of them are twins, with a brother a year older than them. Twins are NOT too much for grandma's to take care of and I really resent that statement! Think before you talk!
Let me apologize, I in no way want to be rude, but the word "blame" in a situation as this seems so unfair and hurtful so I'm just wondering when you say that there is "plenty of blame to go around" who do you blame? The grandma who is going through absolute hell because she fell asleep? The parents who went to town? The neighbor who may or may not have a pool to code? Or just who? Do you blame a rock for breaking a window or the guy who throws the rock?
@lessthanyoumorethanme I'm sure the authorities and lawyers will find someone to blame ... justly or un-justly.
"Plenty of blame to go around .... but none of it belongs to the radio station" are you sure? With your logic maybe we should blame the radio station for not having psa announcements about the danger of improper pool installation, I mean if you really can "Blame the people blaming the radio station that made the 911 call to the public" for this incident then why stop there, should we be looking into the code enforcement officers shouldn't we? Or the mailman, he should have noticed ( along with, as you said, the neighbors ) that saw the pool but didn't report it, with logic as this almost no one is safe from "blame " Wow, you have opened my eyes to a pattern that I despise and that is very dangerous, I'm sure you'll get to the bottom of this and see to it that the proper authorities are contacted!!
- my original comment still holds true, the blame game can do nothing in this tragedy but cause hurt and pain and thank you for proving so........
@lessthanyoumorethanme Take your pick .....
1. Blame the people blaming the radio station that made the 911 call to the public.
2. IF the pool was not up to code (which I don't know if it was or not) blame the homeowners. If it was up to code and the proper permits were acquired and followed, mark them off the list.
3. IF the pool wasn't properly fenced in, blame neighbors who saw it but did nothing about it?
Plenty of blame to go around .... but none of it belongs to the radio station.
To answer your question, no I have not contacted any news outlets when I have heard other news stories with a 911 recording, I have not made any comments about the reporting on this story either, my question to you was "who do you blame" since there is "plenty of blame to go around", I agree with you that there seems to be misguided anger as to how this is being reported, and I agree with you that if I was related or family to the victims in this tragedy that possibly I would feel different on how it is being reported, my comment was directed to the ones that want to put blame on the people involved in this when in my opinion the people involved are victims themselves, there were comments on here that we're of poor taste and have been removed, which though I don't agree with the comments that were removed they have every right to their opinion and this is a forum for comments and I don't agree with the censorship, so back to the point my question to you was simply "who do you blame"?
@lessthanyoumorethanme My point was there is no reason to "blame" the radio station for posting news. No one is being forced to listen to to it and if I were related to these children or knew the family, I sure as heck wouldn't listen to it. Accidents happen and this is horribly sad and tragic.
Have you ever listened to a 911 recording whether here or on the local news? Chances are you have but probably didn't know the people involved.
If so, did you call channel 5, 9, 12 or 19 and call them insensitive or crude?
Seems to me you're the one blaming the rock.