Police investigate twin girls' deaths

August 13, 2010 4:23:20 AM PDT
Authorities say 1-year-old twin girls were found unresponsive in their home in the Roseland neighborhood Thursday.

The medical examiner has not yet released the names of the deceased children. However, relatives have identified them as Kamora and Kamari Roberson. They say the twins were adorable, smiling 1-year-old girls who brought joy to their entire family. Their aunts saw them on Thursday.

"Very, very difficult. Especially when you've just seen them, when you just had them, when you just making bottles and feeding them and changing diapers," said Cynthia Hike, aunt.

Police say they got a 911 call before 6 p.m. Thursday evening from a frantic mother whose children were in the upstairs bedroom unresponsive. Paramedics transported the twins to Roseland Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

"The grandmother told them to check on the children and they were unresponsive. So, why they were unresponsive we don't know yet," said Ald. Carrie Austin, 34th Ward.

Police say they're looking at any number of possibilities as to what could have caused the babies' deaths including heat exposure. At this point, however, they have drawn no conclusions.

"There's no apparent signs of trauma. As I said, this investigation continues and the whole thing is still under police investigation," said Cmdr. John Ball, Chicago police.

Neighbors say it appeared to be hot inside the house. But police say they're waiting for the medical examiner's report. Family members meantime are trying to come to grips with the deaths.

"It's very tragic. It's going to be a bitter pill to swallow," said Lee Williams, great uncle.

Investigators say they have done a thorough search of the home. They have also talked to the mother of the two little children. But at this point they say they are waiting for the results of the medical examiner's autopsy which they hope will provide answers.


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