WILLS POINT, TX (KLTV) - It was a Christmas toy that led to the death of two East Texas children. A 4-year-old and her 3-year-old cousin drowned after their toy 4-wheeler went into a creek.
The Wills Point police chief says Dakylie Hamilton-Lee and Desean Hamilton were found in 2 feet of water.
The accident happened late Saturday afternoon about 75 yards from their home.
"They could not have had a better life," said Angeline Green, Dakylie's grandmother.
Desean Hamilton and Dakylie Hamilton-Lee's family says the two kids were like any other 3- or 4-year-olds; especially when it came to their grandma's cooking.
"When I'm cooking a cake or pie, and I turn my head, and they stick their hand in my cake batter, and they get them some on their finger," said Green.
Everyone on Minnie Street knew who they were.
"The little girl, she was like a little angel," said neighbor, Latasha Gipson. "She was always like a mother to the little boy. The little boy was very humble. Very quiet."
"I will miss them so much," said Steve Hamilton, a cousin. "I played with them all the time."
But, it was on the street, near those who played with them, when a ride on a Christmas toy turned deadly.
"They weigh about 50 pounds," said Wills Point Police Chief Scott Johnson. "You are supposed to be supervised by an adult at all times. The instructions say don't operate around water or hills."
They were two instructions that the Wills Point Police Department says were ignored. The children weren't being watched when they rode too close to the creek bank and rolled into the water. And, it is a tragedy their neighbor says has shaken the community.
"A basic thing that affects not just one person, but a whole neighborhood, a community, and not just a community, but the world," said Gipson.
Now, family members are trying to find the strength to move on in a world without the little ones.
"We don't have to worry no more for one thing because we already know they're in heaven," said Hamilton.
The Van Zandt County District Attorney is currently reviewing this case. So far, no charges have been filed. A fund has been set up at American National Bank in Wills Point to raise money for funeral costs.