EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMingo County Town Stunned By Abandoned Twins Case
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Reported by: Kera Mashek
Web Producer: Kera Mashek
Reported: Jul. 9, 2013 10:32 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 10, 2013 9:13 AM EDT
Verner , Mingo County , West Virginia
West Virginia State Police are investigating the abandonment of newborn twin boys in Mingo County. Troopers say that a woman left a basket containing the infants at a house in Verner. There was also a note asking that she take the babies to the hospital, which was done. Now, authorities are trying to locate the parents.
This story has really been a surprise to a lot of people in the tiny community of Verner, since many folks there say they only learned of what happened through the news. That's unusual, since everyone pretty much knows each other, and what happens.
Despite the mystery around the abandoned babies, and exactly where they were left, people in Mingo County are saddened, and praying there's a happy ending for the twin boys.
Ironically, a former mayor of Gilbert, the town neighboring Verner, knows what it's like to be on the receiving end of an unexpected delivery. John Adams and his wife Jeanne had a relative's twin girls left with them eight years ago. Adams says without question, even at age 62, he and his wife took the girls in, and have since adopted them. He knows it had to be heartbreaking for both the mother, and the woman who got the babies in Verner, and just prays for a good outcome.
"When this family found these two kids on their doorstep, it got to them, you know. They ain't telling the whole story. I don't know who they are, but my prayers go out that the Lord will take care of those children and find a mother. That's the most important thing--is to give them children a good home to be raised up in," Adams said.
Adams says for his family, being given twins Dakota and Katelyn was a blessing in disguise.
As for the twin babies in Mingo County, they're now in the state's custody, and we're told they're in good health. Police now continue to look for their biological parents, who could face criminal charges for abandoning them.
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