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Death of twins was accidental

March 20, 1997

From staff reports

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Preliminary autopsy results in the deaths of 4-month-old twins earlier this month indicate that the deaths were accidental, according to Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely.

However, final autopsy results, including toxicology tests, are not expected for a two or three more weeks, Games-Neely said.

Hakeen and Nahim Newton were found dead March 6 in the crib they shared at 313 S. Raleigh St., authorities said. The twins' mother, Jewel Johnson, found the two babies, authorities said. Rescue officials went to the apartment after receiving an emergency call, police said. When officials arrived, Johnson was attempting to resuscitate the children, officials said.

Officials are waiting to determine if the twins died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Games-Neely said.

The autopsies found no evidence of foul play and the twins' risk of SIDS was heightened because they were born prematurely, Games-Neeley said.

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It is very rare, although statistically possible, for two children to die at the same time, Games-Neely said.

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