RICHMOND, Ind (WDTN) – According to Sergeant Mike Britt with the Richmond Police Department, the twin 3-month-olds, named Ahmir and Brayden Pierce, were high risk for SIDS.
Sgt. Britt says their mother is a smoker, they were born premature and were African-American.
African-American babies are twice as likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) compared to other babies. However, Sgt. Britt says for a definite cause of death they’re awaiting toxicology reports, which could take 6-8 weeks.
Many residents watched as police and ambulance surrounded the Nine North Apartments. Residents said they’re shocked to hear what happened and some living inside say they’re worried, but officers at the Richmond Police Department say there’s nothing to be concerned about.
Resident Vicki Hart says she couldn’t believe what happened.
“I was stunned that two infants could die in a little apartment,” Hart said. “You know I could see one, but I have a hard time thinking there’s two that has passed away.”
Police say both the mother and grandmother called 911 to report that the 4-month-old twin boys were not responding. When medics arrived, they were transported to Reid Hospital where they were pronounced dead.
There were no obvious signs of trauma according to Police. Resident Donna Johnson says she was heartbroken when she heard the news.
“I was really saddened and surprised,” Johnson said. “I’ve lived here since they opened and I don’t recall seeing a woman in or out of the building with two infants so I really don’t know who it was.”
That’s when Johnson said she turned to social media.
“I messaged someone on Facebook that lives here that said that she knew what had happened and I personal messaged her and said she was told to keep her mouth closed,” Johnson said. “I really don’t know what’s going on.”
Police say the family has no history dealing with children services.
“I do pray for the family,” Hart said. “I pray for the two little ones that passed away.”
The Montgomery County Coroner performed autopsies on the twin boys Tuesday.
Toxicology screening was also initiated. According to Richmond police, those results could take six to eight weeks.
The investigation into these deaths is ongoing.