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2 children die in hope chest: Trunk was near loud TV when they got trapped

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Two children die in a hope chest after getting trapped inside with a television's volume up loud. Both children, a sister and brother, were under the age of 10 and family was home at the time the tragedy occurred in Franklin, Mass., Boston Herald reports Jan. 12.

The brother and sister's names have not been released. When the they were found, neither was responsive. The two children died after the hope chest lid shut and they could not get out. Investigators said the hope chest could only be opened from the outside.

David Traub, spokesman for Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey, confirmed in a statement that "several family members" were inside the home when this horrible accident happened.

“The hope chest was in relatively close proximity to a television that was apparently on with a substantial volume at the time," Traub added.

Family members called 911 when the children were discovered around 8 p.m. Sunday. They reportedly were taken to hospitals in Norwood and Milford, but were pronounced dead.

“Although preliminary investigation indicates that this incident may have been accidental, Franklin Police and Massachusetts State Police attached to the Norfolk District Attorney’s office and attached to the Crime Scene Services Section are continuing to investigate and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has accepted both children for autopsy to establish the cause and manner of death,” Traub said.

Traub did say that the family “is cooperating in the investigation.”

In order for two children to die in a hope chest, the trunk had to be fairly large and the TV near it be really loud. If the siblings were kicking or being loud for help to get out, their calls would have been heard somehow -- one would think. This is a devastating story, especially considering what a hope chest represents!

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