Twin babies found dead in trash, teenage mum charged

An investigation was launched when two infants were found dead in garbage on Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio.

Police responded to the scene in the 2800 block of Ludlow Road and later said the mother of a 16-year-old girl called 911 for help when she found the babies lying there in the trash, WKYC reported Sunday.

The babies are believed to have been born on Thursday evening, and photos show authorities in the area after the discovery:

DEVELOPMENT: Cleveland police confirm that two newborn babies were found dead Saturday night in the 2800 block of Ludlow Road. Here’s what we know so far:

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While speaking with authorities, the woman claimed her daughter told her she had given birth and then ‘threw the babies in the trash’.

The woman also claimed that she was unaware that the girl was pregnant. Now the babies’ deaths are being investigated as a homicide, according to WKYC.

“I wish she’d put them on my porch. But we don’t know her story, we don’t know if she freaked out, we don’t know anything, you know what I’m saying? We can’t just assume that ‘she threw them away because she didn’t want them,’ a neighbor told the outlet:

Meanwhile, Bedford Police found the teenage suspect being treated at the local hospital. WKYC later reported that the teenage mother had been arrested.

The babies’ exact cause of death has yet to be determined, however, “police say they will eventually present their findings to the Cuyahoga County District Attorney’s Office,” the WKYC article read.

A neighbor gasped when she learned of the recent discovery.

“I’m a single mom. I can’t even conceive of hurting my baby like that,” she told 19 News:

“It’s a lot but there are resources. There are other single moms, you know, and it’s okay to go talk to someone when you’re down, down. Postpartum is real,” the woman added.

Now the Cleveland Fire Department and the Cleveland Police Division are reminding citizens of the shelter law that protects babies, WKYC reported Monday:

“HB660, women giving birth outside of hospital can anonymously drop their babies off at the hospital or leave them in the custody of a police officer or emergency rescuer with no questions asked,” the outlet quoted. , adding that the teenager is currently being held. on child endangerment charges.


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