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Fayette Deputies Continue Investigation In Deaths Of Two Infants

Reported: Mar. 11, 2014 1:30 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 12, 2014 10:01 AM EDT

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HILLTOP, W. Va. (Kera Mashek) -- The investigation continues into a bizarre case out of Fayette County, involving the deaths of two infants.

Carol Wigal has lived in the Hilltop area 42 years. She says the Mountainair Mobile Home Park has seen its share of problems, but nothing as devastating as what happened Tuesday..

"I think it's a terrible tragedy to lose two young lives like that," said Wigal.

Emergency crews responded to a mobile home in Hilltop around 9 a.m. Tuesday after getting a report of an infant who wasn't breathing, followed by a second 911 call that another child in the same house wasn't breathing.
When police and EMS got to the trailer park, they found a three-month-old little boy, and a one-year-old girl unresponsive. Despite desperate attempts to revive the babies with CPR, they were pronounced dead by ER doctors at a nearby hospital.

"To have two children die at the same time in the same household witn no immediate apparent cause of death... That is extraordinarily unusual... That's why we are doing everything possible to see how this happened," said Cpt. Jim Sizemore with the Fayette Co. Sheriff's Office.

The first instinct of first responders, testing the home for carbon monoxide. Early results indicate that probably is not what killed the infants. While deputies aren't calling it a criminal investigation, they're also not ruling that out. And they did search the house.

"The cops were here three different times, then the detectives, and they were carrying out bag after bag," a neighbor said.

Neighbors are now just praying for the family, and for answers.

"I hope they find out what caused it and the people that did it are punished," said Wigal.

A four-year-old boy was also in the home when all this happened. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but is doing fine, and a family friend told us the little boy is staying with relatives. Deputies say the parents are cooperating and are not facing criminal charges right now, but were taken by officers for blood testing this afternoon as part of the investigation. Autopsies will be done on the two children who died Wednesday.

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (Jeff Morris, Matt Durrett) – Fayette County sheriff’s deputies said Tuesday they are not treating the deaths of two small children who were found unresponsive in a mobile home as suspicious, but they have obtained a search warrant in the case.

Deputies received a notification about 9 a.m. Tuesday from 911 and found the children, a 3-month-old boy and a 1-year-old girl, unconscious and not breathing at a mobile home about 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Mountainair Mobile Home Park in Hilltop, the sheriff’s office said.

When deputies arrived, they initiated CPR on the infants and continued until EMS arrived at the scene. The infants were then transported to Plateau Medical Center where, after extensive efforts to resuscitate them, they were pronounced dead.

A 4-year-old boy was taken to the hospital as a precaution and released. Deputies said the parents and children had been sleeping in the living room of the mobile home.

Deputies said fire investigators took readings with a carbon monoxide meter, and no trace of carbon monoxide was found in the mobile home.

The parents have been cooperative with the investigators, deputies said.

HILLTOP, W.Va. (AP) -- Fayette County authorities are investigating the deaths of two children who were found unconscious in a home.

Sheriff Steve Kessler told media outlets that deputies went to the home at Mountainair Mobile Home Park in Hilltop on Tuesday morning in response to a report that two children were unconscious and not breathing. The deputies performed CPT on a 3-month-old boy and a 1-year-old girl until an emergency crew arrived.

Kessler said the children were pronounced dead at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

The children's names haven't been released.

Kessler said the cause of death hasn't been determined. The bodies were sent to the state medical examiner's office.

The sheriff's office plans to hold a 2:45 p.m. news conference Tuesday about the investigation.

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HILLTOP, W.Va. (Leslie Rubin, Jeff Morris) -- Fayette County sheriff's deputies are investigating the deaths of two small children.

The children were found unresponsive in a home in Hilltop.

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