Twin newborn baby girls were found dead inside a garbage bag at a day care center in Chicago, according to authorities.
Janitorial workers reportedly discovered two newborn babies inside a first-floor bathroom of the Bernice Lavin Early Childhood Education Center shortly before 7 p.m. on Thursday.
reported, "According to unconfirmed police dispatch reports, a cleaning crew spotted some blood during their shift, but when they followed the trail, they found the two newborns."
The infants were found unresponsive in a black garbage bag, police said. The babies were rushed to the Lurie Children’s Hospital – where they were pronounced dead.
The Chicago Police Department
, "Chicago police are conducting death investigations after two newborn girls were found dead inside a childcare center bathroom in Streeterville. Dispatchers told responding officers that the babies were in a trash bag. The children were not breathing when first responders arrived."
It was not immediately known the cause of death for the newborn babies.
The Bernice Lavin Early Childhood Education Center is located on the campus of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago.
Sources close to the investigation reportedly told
that a 29-year-old woman was found in a first-floor bathroom covered in blood. Someone called 911, and the woman was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after experiencing an emergency medical situation.
reported that the woman is a day care employee who "abruptly left class" before going to the bathroom, where she was found by co-workers, and they called an ambulance for emergency assistance.
"An emergency medical situation involving a daycare employee occurred this evening at the daycare facility on the Northwestern Memorial Hospital campus," said Northwestern spokesman Christopher King. "No daycare children were involved or impacted by the situation."
"The Chicago Fire and Police Departments were called," King added. "We are working with CPD regarding this incident and unable to comment further at this time."
According to WLS-TV, "In an email sent to parents, the company managing the daycare says the emergency resulted in the unanticipated delivery of twin babies."
The day care center released a statement that read: "We are heartbroken by the tragic situation that occurred at the Bernice E. Lavin Childhood Education Center when a staff member experienced a medical emergency that resulted in the unanticipated delivery of newborn twin babies. All children and families enrolled at the center are safe and none were involved in the incident."
"We will be providing emotional and mental health support to all members of our center team and families," the statement continued. "We ask for support and respect for everyone involved at this time as we grieve together and work to support each other and any ensuing investigation."
There were reportedly no arrests regarding the tragic case as of Friday afternoon.
2 baby girls die after being found in bathroom at Streeterville child care center
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