CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Two infants died after they were found unresponsive inside a vehicle in Chesterfield County on Thursday.
At around 2:30 p.m., police responded to reports of two children — one boy and one girl, who were later determined to be 5-month-old twins — found unresponsive in a motor vehicle at Bellwood Maisonettes. Fire & EMS also responded and transported the children to Chippenham Medical Center.
One of the children was pronounced dead at the hospital. The other child was in critical condition but died several hours later on Thursday, police said.
8News spoke with neighbors who knew the family and said the infants were twins.
Donna Gusti, who works with the mother and father at Waffle House, said it was an honest mistake.
“It’s tragic what happened and I don’t even know how to help them with their pain,” Gusti said. “It was certainly not an intentional, negligent act.”
Neighbors said the family moved from South Carolina about 10 months ago.
They said the parents would go out of their way for anyone, especially their children.
“They go to work, they come home to their kids, they’re not any trouble, they’re awesome,” one neighbor said.
Gusti said the parents worked opposite schedules and tried finding a decent balance.
“One of them is always home with the kids, yes..so they’re working on their schedules,” Gusti said.
Neighbors said the parents also have a five year old and 15-year-old.
Police continue to investigate this incident. Anyone with information should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or through the P3 app.