The Kansas City, Kansas mother of two little girls is expected in court on Friday to face charges she tried to kill them.
The one- and four-year-old girls have been in critical condition since the near-drowning on Tuesday.
Investigators said in documents used to file charges, that 23-year-old Johnna Green held the children under water until they lost consciousness.
Green is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman said the father of the one-year-old lived at the South 52nd Street house where medics were called to give aid, but the mother was alone with the children that day.
It was a 9-1-1 call that brought help.
Police Chief Rick Amstrong told reporters later a chaplain worked with first responders because, as he put it, violence to a small child tends to break through their natural armor, because “children injured or harmed are especially vulnerable. And I think it affects our personnel when they’re dealing with that.”
Gorman said a judge has appointed a lawyer for the mother and she is being held on a $1 million bond.