2 two-year-olds found dead inside car in Region 8
Posted: Jun 16, 2010 3:18 PM PDT
PORTAGEVILLE, MO (KAIT) Two twin two-year-old girls have been found dead inside a car in Region 8.

According to Portageville Police Chief Ronnie Adams, police are investigating how two twin two-year-olds got into a hot car at an apartment complex in Portageville.

The incident happened at the Lakeview Apartment Complex in Portageville Missouri.

Police say the parents and grandparents are at the police station talking with investigators. Police don't know yet how the girls got inside the car, but say the deaths appear to be heat related.

Chief Adams did confirm to Region 8 News that all the windows were rolled up inside the car.

Region 8 News has a crew on the way to the scene and will have more information as soon as it becomes available.

2-year-old twin girls found dead inside car in Portageville
Posted: Jun 16, 2010 3:21 PM PDT
Updated: Jun 17, 2010 4:14 AM PDT

PORTAGEVILLE, MO (KFVS) - A tragic story out of New Madrid County. Twin girls died in a parked car outside an apartment complex in Portageville.

Police are trying to determine if the 2-year-old girls climbed into their grandmother's car outside of her apartment or if someone put them in the car and left them.

Either way the entire neighborhood is feeling a loss few can put into words.

"Those are some precious little girls. It just hit the whole neighborhood. Never seen anything like this. Everyone came out to support the family," said neighbor Margaret Brown.

Allannah and Alliya Larry just turned two years old last month.

According to Deasha Simmons the girls were found Wednesday afternoon around four by their mother.

"I already knew they weren't going to make it," Simmons said.

Simmons says she watched the mother as she screamed, pulling the toddlers out of the car.

"I can't imagine how much pain their mamas going through."

Sheriff Terry Stevens said crews did everything they could to save the two girls.

"Emergency personnel responded and tried to resuscitate the children to no avail," Sheriff Stevens said. "The sheriff's office and the highway patrol were called in and a criminal investigation was launched like we always do in any unnatural death."

Right now police have no idea how long the girls were in the car. The sheriff says he hopes an autopsy will provide answers.

"We don't know if they were placed in the car or if they climbed in under their own will. That's why we're investigating," Stevens added.

With the extreme heat, it's hard for anyone to imagine what the children endured.

"We know the temperature inside that vehicle reached over 130 degrees," Stevens said.

And that fact makes the girls deaths that much harder on people in the neighborhood.

"Every time I think of it it's so upsetting because I have grandchildren of my own. Just to find out something like that would be beyond tragic," Margaret Brown said.

No one is in custody.

Sheriff Stevens says investigators are interviewing several people and officers are canvassing the entire Lakeview Apartment area. They're asking if anyone saw what happened.

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