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Father arrested in connection to pond drowning

Posted at 1:11 AM, Dec 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-10 03:11:48-05

Authorities have arrested the father of two boys who drowned after they fell through the ice on a pond in southern Colorado.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports Las Animas County sheriff's deputies arrested Silvino Garcia, 33, on Wednesday in connection with the deaths of 9-year-old Jorge Pancho-Garcia and 4-year-old Orlando Pancho-Garcia. Garcia is facing child abuse charges.

The brothers fell through the ice Friday afternoon, and doctors worked for several hours to try to save them. The pond is on the Robinson Sawmill property in Weston, which is about 20 minutes west of Trinidad.

Garcia is being held in the Las Animas County jail on $45,000 bail. A woman who answered the phone at the jail Wednesday night said she did not know if he has hired an attorney.

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