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Electricity ruled out as factor in pool drowning deaths of 3

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say electricity didn’t play a role in the drowning deaths of three family members in their backyard swimming pool in New Jersey. Sixty-two-year-old Bharat Patel, his 33-year old daughter-in-law Nisha Patel and her 8-year-old daughter were found unresponsive in the above-ground pool Monday afternoon by East Brunswick police responding to a 911 call from neighbors who heard screams. Middlesex County prosecutors and police said Wednesday that the above-ground pool was mostly shallow at 3 1/2 feet deep, but a portion of the pool was 7 feet deep and “It doesn’t appear that the victims knew how to swim.”

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