EAST BRUNSWICK —  Investigators say two adults and a little girl accidentally drowned in their backyard swimming pool Monday afternoon.

Township police spokesman Frank Sutter said police responded to a call from a neighbor who had heard screaming around 4:20 p.m. at 43 Clearview Road.

Sutter said police expected to find a "fall victim" but encountered a "drowning." First responders removed three people from the above-ground pool and performed CPR. They were pronounced dead in the backyard, according to Sutter.

The three were identified by prosecutors as 62-year-old Bharat Patel, his 3s-year-old daughter-in-law Nisha Patel and her 8-year-old daughter.

The Middlesex County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause and manner of the deaths as accidental drownings.

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An electrician came to the house during the investigation but police would not address speculation from neighbors that an electrical issue contributed to the drowning, according to an NBC 4 New York report.

Neighbors told ABC 7 Eyewitness News the family had moved into the house two weeks ago. Public records show the house was sold in late April.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ

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