Two Toddlers Suffocate Inside Car

By: Rae Chelle Davis Email
By: Rae Chelle Davis Email

A mother called the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office Sunday around 1:40 p.m. She said her daughter and son were missing and she could not find them. The Sheriff's Office says she told them they had been missing for about an hour.

At a news conference Monday additional information was released. Undersheriff Scott Holladay says that the Sheriff's Office received the call at 2:05 p.m. The first officers responded at 2:15 with others arriving soon after.

The children were located at 3:14. Several people are asking why it took so long to find the children. Holladay says the officers were told by the mother that she had gotten into her car and drove around looking for them. Holladay says the officers assumed the car in question was the one parked in the driveway of the home which is why they did not check it right away. He also said the boy was on the floor of the driver's side and the girl was in the back seat in a reclining position.

Kansas Highway Patrol dispatched helicopters to help scan the area. Sheriff's cars also searched the area and Officers searched the residence at 6801SW Windsong. They found the toddlers inside a silver car parked in the driveway of the residence.

Officials tried to resuscitate the 3 year-old boy and girl. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene according to Sgt. Akim Reynolds of the Sheriff's Office. The boy was taken by AMR to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Sgt. Reynolds says the car was unlocked and one of the toddlers was in the front seat while the other was in the back seat.

Sgt. Reynolds says the mother of the twins is being questioned and the father who works out of town has been notified and is making his way back to town. The investigation continues and currently there are no signs of foul play and no one is in custody. Autopsies are scheduled to be performed Monday.

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