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WEST BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - It is a colorless, odorless gas that, investigators believe, killed 11-year-olds Kaitlyn Brondolo and Amber Wilson.
Police say Amber's mother, Loretta Wilson, left her car running in the garage overnight at the Island Lakes gated community in West Boca Raton.
Those two little girls were best friends. One child was the daughter of Wilson, the other - her best friend spending the night. Both children died sometime Sunday morning or Saturday night.
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputies say around 9 a.m. Saturday morning the mother of one of the girls called 911 but hung up.
Dispatchers ran the address and deputies came by the house to check on the residents. When they arrived, they found the mother and one of the girls in the kitchen. The other child was in a bedroom.
High levels of carbon monoxide were detected inside and both little girls were dead. The mother was taken to the hospital. She was apparently suffering some kind of carbon monoxide poisoning, as well.
Here's what the mother told investigators: She said she was out Saturday night, and when she came home, she could not turn off her SUV. So she left it parked in garage, still running and closed the door.
Fox 29 has now learned that when deputies arrived they actually found the Ford Escape turned off and the keys on the kitchen counter.
The Escape still had half a tank of gas.
Sheriff's detectives are right now are calling this a tragic mistake. We're told both of the girls were students at Loggers Run Elementary School. Grief counselors will be there Monday to help these little girl's friends try to make sense of this.