Twin babies just five months old died after they were ‘accidentally’ left in a car on a hot day.
The boy and girl were left inside a family SUV and discovered by horrified emergency services on Thursday after they were called to the area in Chesterfield, Virginia.
An investigation has been launched but Chesterfield Police Maj. Frank Carpenter said the force thought it was an accident.
“It wasn’t intentional,” Carpenter said. “We believe it was truly an accident.”
Carpenter did not say how long the babies had been in the vehicle or what temperature was recorded inside the car.
Carpenter said: “I can’t share that right now because it’s still a pending investigation.”
Police are awaiting autopsy results from the medical examiner’s office.
A fire official said both children were hospitalized after being found in cardiac arrest.
Jason Elmore, a spokesperson for Chesterfield Fire & EMS, said units responded to the unit around 2.30pm Friday afternoon near the The Masionette Apartments on the 2400 block of Alfalfa Lane where the family resides.
“It’s tragic what happened, I don’t even know how to help them with their pain,” neighbour Donna Gusti told CBS affiliate WFTV 6.
“It was certainly not an intentionally negligent act, it was a horrific mistake that can never be erased,” she added.
A next-door neighbor of the parents told WRIC the twins’ mother called to wake up the babies’ father so he could come pick her up from work. “That’s when he found the babies in the car,” the neighbour told the station.
“It was a horrific mistake that can never be erased,” Gusti, the coworker, told WRIC.