UPDATE: Troopers Find Mother Who Abandoned Twins; No Charges

By: The Associated Press, Anna Baxter Email
By: The Associated Press, Anna Baxter Email

UPDATE 7/11/13 @ 1:50 p.m.
WELCH, W.Va. (WSAZ & AP) -- The mother who left her two newborn babies on a doorstep in Mingo County will not face criminal charges.

Sgt. J.S. McCarty with the West Virginia State Police tells WSAZ.com the mother was identified Thursday morning. Her name is not being released, but investigators say she was found in good health.

Last month the woman initially told police that another woman left the twin boys in a basket on her porch. She claimed there also was a note asking that the infants be taken to Welch Community Hospital. Sgt. McCarty said the woman admitted Thursday she was actually the infants' mother.

McCarty says at this time no criminal charges are pending against this mother. The mother didn't appear to have any criminal intent.

Police say the mother believed she could not properly care for the children so she took them to a place she knew they would have good care.

The twin babies are now in the custody of Child Protective Services.



UPDATE 7/9/13 @ 6:30 p.m.
VERNER, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Sandy Canterbury couldn't believe her ears when she heard two newborn babies had been left on a doorstep in her tiny town of Verner.

“I was shocked cause I live in this neighborhood and I hadn't heard anything about it,” Canterbury said.

The woman whose doorstep the babies were left on told State Police the woman who dropped them off told her she didn't want the babies anymore. They were left with a note telling her to take them to a hospital in Welch.

Canterbury says the whole thing is difficult to swallow, especially because her daughter is looking to adopt.

“She would give anything to have them and to think, you know, somebody just dropped them off, you know, and she got excited, she and her husband and they, but they know it would be a lot of red tape and everything. But they would be delighted to have these kids,” Canterbury said.

Like many in the town of Verner, Michael Perry didn't hear about what happened until he took a trip to the post office today.

“I feel sorry for the kids and I feel sorry for the ladies and the people that would love to have them kids,” Perry said.

For Perry, the whole situation hits close to his heart.

“Sometimes I think about it, might be some of my grandsons, something might happen to them people do something like that with them, and it makes me worry about them, you know,” Perry said.

As everyone here hopes for a good outcome.

“If somebody gets these children I hope they get a good life,” Canterbury said. “They deserve it.”

The children are now in custody of Child Protective Services.

At this time, state police say they aren't looking at charges. They just want to make sure the mother is OK.

If you have any information about this case, you are asked to call State Police.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/9/13 @ 8 a.m.
WELCH, W.Va. (WSAZ & AP) -- State police are investigating the abandonment of newborn twin boys in Mingo County.

Trooper J.R. Coburn says a woman left a basket containing the infants at a home near Gilbert.

There also was a note asking that the infants be taken to Welch Community Hospital in McDowell County.

The woman who lived at the residence told police that she went outside when her dogs started barking.

She saw the other woman, who told her that she didn't want the infants. The other woman then fled.

The resident took the infants to the hospital in Welch.

The babies were first discovered on June 26.

Coburn says the twins are in state custody.

Anyone with information about the case should call the West Virginia State Police detachment in Welch at 304-436-2101.


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