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5-month-old twins found dead in Little Village home

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Police are investigating after 5-month-old twins, Julian and Giselle Romero, were found dead Thursday morning in their Southwest Side Little Village neighborhood home.

The twin infants were found unresponsive in a home in the 4100 block of West 25th Street about 9:30 a.m., according to police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala.

The father of the twin boy and girl said neither he nor his wife knows what caused their deaths.

An emotional Josue Romero said Thursday afternoon that his wife discovered the lifeless twins — born Nov. 17 — in a crib they shared in the living room in the 4100 block of West 25th Street about 8:30 a.m.

"She was just laying there and just crying and I told her, 'What happened?' and she told me the babies, the babies and I checked, I was going to go to the crib where I thought they were and she told me no, they were in the bed but you don't want to see," said Romero.

Romero said he had left the home earlier in the morning to take older children to daycare when his wife went to check on the babies, Juian and Giselle Romero.

When he returned, he saw his wife distraught over the deaths of the infants.

Romero said his wife is a loving mother. He said he knew of no health problems the twins suffered. Although they were born premature, they were both getting chubby, he said.

"I don't want to point fingers.  I know my wife.  My wife is very caring; she loved my kids to death.  She loved my kids, which were somebody else's; she took them like they were her own," Romero said.

He said there was a thick blanket in the crib at the time of their deaths.

The Illinois Department of Children & Family Services is investigating allegations of neglect against the mother and father over the twins' deaths, spokesman Jimmie Whitelow said Thursday afternoon.

DCFS also investigated the family based on allegations of abuse and neglect against the biological father and an uncle in March 2011, Whitelow said. That case remains open and DCFS has been providing support services to "strengthen the family" since June 2011.

"It was an accident.  They do take care of the kids well," said the babies' aunt Ana Romero.

Police said they were investigating the possibility that both twins died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, but an autopsy was not expected to be performed until Friday.

Area Central detectives are conducting a death investigation. Autopsies are expected to be performed on Friday.

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