7-month-old twins found dead in South Jersey not victims of foul play

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A medical examiner has concluded the manner of death for the 7-month-old twin girls who were found unresponsive in their mother’s Camden County apartment last week was “natural,” ruling out the possibility of foul play.


The county prosecutor’s office confirmed the medical examiner’s findings on Friday, but did not offer further details.

“At this time, my office will not be releasing the cause of death out of respect for the deceased,” Prosecutor Mary E. Colalillo said in a statement.


The mother of Jessenia and Juliana Rodriguez-Garnett had called 911 distraught on March 22 and said her children had turned “purple.”





“Oh my God, my babies,” said Alexandria Garnett, who called from the Pines Apartments just off Bilper Avenue in Lindenwold. “My twins, they’re like purple. They’re not breathing.”

Markia Conover, 26, Garnett’s friend, said Friday the twins were born earlier than expected, and that one of them had needed heart surgery. Conover said she wasn’t sure whether either of those factors played a role in the twins’ deaths, but that she never suspected any wrongdoing.

“I knew it was going to be natural causes,” Conover said, “because nobody would hurt the kids. They were well taken care of.”

In the 911 call, a recording of which the prosecutor’s office provided, Garnett said she had attempted CPR. She could then be heard trying it again on each twin as the dispatcher gave her instructions.




When an emergency responder arrived minutes later and asked when the twins had gone to bed, Garnett replied, “Like 6:30. They both fell asleep.”

Garnett has not returned requests for comment, but friends described her as “a wonderful mother” who was crestfallen over Jessenia and Juliana’s deaths. The twins have four siblings, according to an obituary.

A viewing will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon at Ora L. Wooster Funeral Home in Clementon, 51 Park Blvd. A funeral will follow. Both are expected to be open to the public.















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