5-year-old twins found dead in Bronx apartment were smothered, autopsy reveals

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Thursday, March 14, 2024
Medical examiner finds Bronx twins were killed by smothering
The twin children were found dead in December of 2023.

MOUNT HOPE, Bronx (WABC) -- The 5-year-old twins who mysteriously died in their Bronx apartment were smothered, an autopsy determined.

The Medical Examiner recently ruled the deaths of the two children as homicides caused by smothering, officials said Thursday.

On the morning of December 18, 2023, police arrived at the sixth-floor apartment on East 175th Street. At the time, the deaths were investigated as a "medical tragedy."

Their mother told police at the time she found them vomiting in their beds and they had recently been violently sick at school.

Police say the mother was so distraught that she had to be hospitalized for observation. She also underwent a psychological exam.

In December, the Medical Examiner's office told detectives there was no evidence of strangulation or bruising on their bodies.

The parents are immigrants from Ghana. Authorities say that the mother slept with the children in her bed. The father is a home health attendant who slept at his job in Port Chester.

Their apartment was stocked with food, baby clothes and other necessities, and no drugs or paraphernalia were found.

No charges were immediately filed against the mother as the investigation continues.

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