A devastated mum who, to her horror, discovered the bodies of her 4-year-old twin daughters in a toy chest where the family stored stuffed animals has pleaded with parents to get rid of similar furnishings after they choked to death.
“Few people will know the pain of losing two children at the same time in such a senseless way. […] Few people will know the feeling of trying not to spend every second of waking up crying in pain, to the point of falling into pain,” lamented the twins’ mother, Sadie Meyers, of Jacksonville, Florida, in a Facebook post Monday.
With a heavy heart, the mother of Aurora and Kellan, who are 4-year-old twins, and two children a little older than her, decides to tell the nightmare she has been living since last Friday, hoping her testimony will stop other parents from committing their actions. Several media outlets reported the same error.
The day before, her husband had put the children to bed, and they were all asleep when the mother came back from work.
However, in the middle of the night, the twins, who used to get up to play a little with their toys before going to bed outside the bed, would choose a small wooden toy box filled with stuffed animals to end their night.
“What I didn’t know and I’m sure many don’t know is that most wooden toy chests when closed are airtight […] And while they slept, huddled together, the oxygen slowly ran out,” the mother continued in her message.
It was only early in the morning that the parents, in a state of panic, noticed that their daughters were no longer in their beds, to the point of “turning the house upside down and shouting their names in the street”, until someone came. One of their children told them he had just found them “sleeping in the toy box,” according to the publication.
I ran to check and within seconds I knew something was wrong. […] It doesn’t make sense to me and it never will… I hope knowing this helps you in some way, and I hope if you had a box of toys like this, you would destroy it right away,” Sadie Meyers attacked on Facebook.
A crowdfunding campaign was created by relatives to make it easier for both parents to mourn.