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Infants found unconscious in bathtub in Pa.

one dies

November 03, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - One infant was dead and her twin brother was flown to Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center following an apparent accident Tuesday in the bathtub of their home, according to Chambersburg police.

Jaliey Aviles, 11 months, of 212 Linden Ave., was pronounced dead at Chambersburg Hospital at 3:04 p.m., Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said Tuesday night. An autopsy was planned for today at Chambersburg Hospital, he said.

Detective Will Frisby said the mother of the twins and two other young siblings were at home at the time of the incident. The mother called 911 at 2:34 p.m., he said.

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A Chambersburg Borough patrol officer was in the area and arrived at the two-story duplex in the Franklin County Housing Authority development within about a minute of the call, police said.

"As far as I know, he started emergency CPR and first aid immediately," Frisby said. The babies then were taken by ambulance to the hospital, he said.

The circumstances of the apparent drowning were under investigation, Frisby said. He said the mother was not in the bathroom with the children, but the reason was unclear Tuesday night.

Frisby said the mother, whose name was not released, was still being interviewed at about 7 p.m. No charges had been filed.

Frisby did not provide the names of the twins. A Hershey Medical Center spokeswoman said she could not provide condition information on anyone without a complete name.

"We know she's a really, really good mother to those kids," said Richellyn Colbert of Chambersburg, who was visiting in the neighborhood Tuesday afternoon. She said she got to know the mother when they were both pregnant with twins, but would not divulge her name.

Another neighbor said the mother was about 20 years old, but knew only her first name.

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