Twin infants found dead in W.Va.

March 07, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Four-month-old twins were found dead in a crib Thursday afternoon in their second-floor apartment at 313 S. Raleigh St., officials said.

There did not appear to be any signs of foul play, but officials will investigate to determine what caused the death of the baby boys, said Berkeley County Coroner Sandy Brining.

"We're talking about two dead children here," Brining said. "You have to look at everything."

Martinsburg City Police identified the twins as Hakeem and Nahim Newton.

Police said they have classified the case as an "unattended death investigation," but would not release additional details.

The bodies of the infants were to be sent to the state Medical Examiner's office in Charleston today for an autopsy, Brining said. Brining said she does not expect the results of the autopsy to be available until early next week.


Brining identified the mother of the children as Jewell Johnson.

Johnson could not be reached for comment. No one answered the door late Thursday afternoon at Johnson's apartment.

Martinsburg Fire Department paramedics and Martinsburg Police went to Johnson's apartment about 1:27 p.m. after receiving an emergency call, police said.

When rescue officials arrived at the scene, Johnson was attempting to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on her children, Brining said.

Police later took Johnson, a single parent, out of the house because she was hysterical and upset, Brining said.

Johnson lived in the apartment with another woman, who also had two young children, Brining said.

Several neighbors in the area were aware of what happened, but they did not want to talk to a reporter.

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