Parents charged in death of twin babies, Texas police say

Two people are facing charges after Texas police say their twins were found dead in their cribs in October.

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Months after officials said a pair of one-month-old twins were found dead in their cribs, autopsy results have led to the arrest of the babies’ parents.

The twins were born on October 4 Found unresponsive in their crib, Patricia Cantu, assistant police chief for the Houston Police Department, said at a news conference.

Police said at the time that the twins had just been fed before their father left the house to drop off his wife. When he returned, he found them lifeless in the crib, McClatchy News previously reported.

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“The dispatcher was able to provide CPR instructions and the father provided assistance until the ambulance arrived. Unfortunately, the twins did not survive,” Cantu said in October.

Both babies were pronounced dead at the scene, according to an April 20 news release from the Houston Police Department.

Initially, police said there were no visible signs of trauma. Months later, however, autopsy results showed that both twins showed signs of injuries, police said.

“An autopsy by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences determined that the infants suffered blunt force trauma,” police said.

The twins’ parents, Angelina Belinda Calderon, 21, and Fernando Vega, 21, are each charged with two counts of serious bodily injury to a child, police said.

According to court documents, the autopsy revealed that one child had multiple fractures, including the left femur, ribs and collarbone, some new and some possibly weeks old, KHOU reported. The results showed that the rib fractures were “not consistent with CPR chest compressions.” The other child suffered similar injuries and a frontal head fracture, KHOU reported.

According to KTRK, both babies appeared to be malnourished.

Attorney information for Calderon and Vega was not available in court documents.

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Jennifer Rodriguez is a McClatchy National Real-Time reporter covering the Central and Midwest regions. She joined McClatchy in 2023 after covering local news in Youngstown, Ohio for more than six years. Jennifer has made several achievements in her journalism career, including receiving the Robert R. Hare Award in English, the Emerging Leader Justice and Equality Award, the Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Award.