Twins Dead on Arrival at South Side Hospital

Cause of death unclear; police and paramedics investigating

By BJ Lutz and Marion Brooks
|  Thursday, Aug 12, 2010  |  Updated 10:05 PM CDT
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Twins Dead on Arrival at South Side Hospital

This image of the twins, taken from a video clip, was taken three weeks before the children died.

Police and paramedics were investigating Thursday evening how two 1-year-old children -- twins -- died in their home.

Neighbors of the home near W. 106th Street and S. Wentworth Avenue said they heard the mother, Regina Lofton, run out of the house yelling "my babies are dead" just as paramedics were arriving.

Kimora and Kimori Roberson, who had just celebrated their first birthday in June, were taken to Roseland Community Hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival.

"They were fine," an aunt, Cynthia Hike, said of her visit with the girls earlier in the day.  "I got a call and they said, 'They were gone.  The babies were dead.'  And I came and when I came I asked what happened.  She [Lofton] said she went to feed them and when she came back -- she went to feed them and they were just blank faces starting at her,"

Authorities are calling their inquiry a "death investigation" and not a crime investigation.  They said there are no signs of trauma.

Family members and investigators gathered at the home are wondering if Thursday's heat may have had something to do with the deaths.

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