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Mum Charged After Boys Found Drowned In River

The mother of two brothers found drowned in Townsville's Ross River has been arrested over their deaths.

Leanne Chyrsilla Eatts was taken into custody on Friday and charged with two counts of manslaughter that afternoon, police said.

Eatts was also charged with trafficking dangerous drugs, supplying drugs to a minor, possessing drugs, permitting a place to be used in the commission of a drug offence and unlicensed driving.

The supplying drugs to a minor charge is not related to the two boys found deceased.

The boys, aged five and three, were found submerged in the Ross River in Cranbrook on February 26 after they went missing from their home the previous day.

Due to recent flood events, the water was deep and the bank had become steep from erosion.

The children were found two metres from each other.

Surveillance footage captured the boys the day they went missing.

Miles said the charges were related to the “care and responsibility a parent should have for their children”.

Police will allege the boys were regularly left unsupervised.

"This is a catastrophic result for this family and it is a preventable tragedy," Miles said.

"There is no way these boys should have been left in the way they were, there is no way these young men should have been able to go down to the river."

The search for the boys involved close to 100 members of the community, including volunteers, 40 officers, 30 SES crew members and Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.

Eatts is due to appear in Townsville Magistrate Court on Saturday.