Just a week after an emaciated 4-year-old was found living off a bag of sugar in an apartment he shared with his dead mother's body, another case of horror is again coming out of New Jersey. This time, 3-month-old twin girls were just discovered dehydrated, yet responsive, in a second-floor apartment in Plainville with their mother's dead body.
Thirty-nine-year-old Alice Jackson was found dead in her bed when the police entered her home after her estranged husband informed them he hadn't seen or heard from her in several days, and had growing concerns.
The twins were found in their cribs wet and dehydrated, but are in stable condition at a local hospital -- their father, who lives in Baltimore, is with them
The scariest part about this sad story is that it's believed that Ms. Jackson died of natural causes (an autopsy report is pending). When we hear stories like this, we can't help but wonder what would happen to our children if we suddenly passed away in our sleep. How long would it be until someone discovered us? Who would take the kids? How would they survive without us?
Fortunately, for most of us, this is a nightmare we'll never have to live, but still, the thought is chilling. We can write wills and have god-parents and do all that stuff, but no matter how much we plan, the thought of leaving your little ones too soon is almost as terrifying as the thought of them leaving us too soon.
The twins are probably too young to form any sort of memory of this horrifying hardship, which, other than their relatively good condition, is a silver lining to this otherwise heartbreaking story.
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