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2-year-old twin girls found alone inside of East Side home

Posted at 9:04 AM, Jul 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-28 21:00:39-04

CLEVELAND — Cleveland police are investigating after 2-year-old twin girls were found alone in an apartment building.

The twins were discovered by police at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the 7800 block of Cedar Avenue.

Neighbor Olivia Campbell said she and her son's girlfriend were sitting in the driveway behind the building around 4:00 p.m. that afternoon when they heard the girls crying.

Campbell said they were standing in the window of their first floor apartment, both completely nude and pushing on the screen trying to get out.

“The baby pushed the screen, you know, or loose from the screen out of the window and climbed onto the little gray part that's right there on the edge part, the window sill and was looking down and I was like oh my god the baby gonna fall, the baby gonna fall," Campbell said.

Campbell’s son then started banging on the apartment doors, but got no answer. A maintenance worker for the building also tried with no luck, so they called police. Campbell said one officer climbed inside the window to get to the girls and discovered the room they were in was locked and covered in feces and urine.

Police said it is unknown how long the girls were left alone, however, Campbell said neighbors saw the girls' mother leave the day before.

“They been there two days almost with no food, no water. And they're just using the bathroom everywhere, they can't help themselves," Campbell said. “We'd knock on the door and say, your baby standing in the window with no clothes on. You know, it's men, it's people walk down the street, its predators by us, you know that live [there] so you can’t just be doing that."

The twins were transported to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in stable condition and then taken to the Jane Edna Center.

The Special Victims section is handling the investigation.