Real Housewife of O.C. star Alexis Bellino defends herself on her blog after a stroller carrying her 2 1/2-year-old daughters rolled into the pool on July 4.
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In a post accompanied by a photo of her posing in a body-hugging catsuit, she writes, "On Sunday, July 4th, my family was leaving the Balboa Bay Club [in Newport Beach, Calif.] swimming pool in the late afternoon. As we were leaving, I turned to say goodbye. Our girls were in their stroller and I thought I had put the brake on, but apparently I didn't. My husband, Jim, and I were both standing close to the stroller. Within seconds, the stroller had rolled towards the pool and a stroller wheel rolled off the edge of the pool. Before either of us could grab the stroller, a second wheel rolled off the edge, and the stroller went into the pool. Of course, Jim instantly went into the pool. He grabbed of the girls himself and lifted both of them out of the water. Because the girls were not strapped into the stroller, and Jim was right there, their heads did not even go under water."
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"While we are not making light of this incident, and have been reminded to never take our eyes off the children for even a second when near water, it has been so hurtful to know how this experience has been mischaracterized in the media. To all of you who have offered your support, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts," she added.
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TMZ.com, which first reported the story, cited witnesses who claim the girls, Melania and Mackenna, slipped into the water when their parents were off "doing something." (They are also parents to 4-year-old son, James.)
Neither child needed medical attention.