Two infants were pronounced dead Wednesday after being found in a car outside of a day care facility, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said.
The infants were twin boys, Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford told The State. Autopsies are scheduled for Thursday morning, according to Rutherford.
At about 5:30 p.m., deputies responded to a report of two unresponsive infants at Sunshine House Early Learning Academy, the sheriff’s department said in a news release. That’s at 10336 Wilson Blvd. in Blythewood, near Exit 24 on Interstate 77.
When they arrived, deputies found the babies inside a vehicle, and both died at the scene, according to the sheriff’s department.
More information about the babies, including their names, is expected to be released during a Thursday news conference held by the coroner’s office once the autopsies are complete.
The sheriff’s department said it’s unclear if there was any involvement by the staff of Sunshine House, but the deaths remain under investigation.
Sunshine House of Blythewood has been open for more than 45 years, according to its website.
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