(TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH, by Kenneth Dean) - Local and state officials are investigating why 3-month-old twin Tyler boys are hospitalized in Children's Hospital in Dallas with broken ribs.
Don Martin, Tyler Police Department public information officer, said his agency became involved in the case early Tuesday morning when they were called by a Child Protective Service caseworker about a possible abuse case.
"We are (considering) it as a injury to a child case, but we are very early in the investigation," he said.
Martin said a field report on the incident states the parents of the children took them to a local doctor who sent the boys to Dallas for treatment.
Doctors at Children's called CPS authorities due the fractures.
Shari Pulliam, CPS spokesperson, said the case is in its early stages, but added the two boys, who are still hospitalized, and a 1-year-old sibling are being placed with other family members.
We are having the 1-year-old checked out at this time to see if there are any past injuries. There is no prior history with our agency with this family, but for the safety of the children we have placed them in alternative homes. Of course, the twins are still hospitalized at this time," she said.
Ms. Pulliam said she could not remember a case where two infant twins were suffering from fractured ribs.
"... We are early in this investigation and have not even been able to see the children at this time. We are awaiting medical testimony. I've never seen a case where twins have suffered the exact same injury, so we want to make sure this is not some type of medical problem," she said