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UPDATED: Hinesville authorities investigate death of children found in vehicle
Child in car crime scene photo

The City of Hinesville has issued a release regarding the investigation:

Hinesville Police Department (HPD) is currently working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) regarding the deaths of two toddlers on Sunday, Sept. 29.

At approximately 1:42 p.m., a 911 call was received stating that two children had been missing and were found unresponsive in a vehicle located in the backyard of a home in the Griffin Park neighborhood. First responders arrived on scene shortly thereafter and discovered two toddlers inside the parked vehicle who were unresponsive. 

Upon further investigation, first responders determined that the children were deceased. Once the determination had been made, HPD immediately began a death investigation. A perimeter was established and all individuals were removed from the home. 

Additionally, a search warrant for the home was obtained and GBI was contacted to assist with the investigation. A crime scene unit processed the scene with the assistance from GBI and the bodies of the children were removed from the scene and taken to the crime lab. 

Autopsies will be performed today,  Sept. 30. 

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact the Hinesville Police Department Detectives Unit at 912.368.8215. Please direct questions to Whitney Morris-Reed, Public Relations Manager, 912.408.3569 or 

Original story:

According to Hinesville Police Department Detective Capt. Tracey Howard, two toddler age children were found dead in a vehicle.

Howard said officers were dispatched to a home on the 200 block of Augusta Way in the Griffin Park subdivision shortly after 1:30 p.m. When they arrived they found three year old twin sisters unresponsive inside a compact Kia vehicle located in the backyard of the home. Emergency medical personnel declared the toddlers deceased. Howard said the girls stayed at the Augusta Way home from time to time and were last seen Saturday night when they were out to bed. A caregiver who was taking care of the children called 911 to report they were found unresponsive inside the vehicle. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to provide assistance. The vehicle in which the girls were found in was also impounded.

Children's cause of death being investigated

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