2 Franklin children die after being trapped in a chest

The Associated Press


Authorities say a brother and sister unresponsive when they were found trapped inside a chest in a Franklin home have died.

The Norfolk district attorney's office confirmed the deaths on Monday.

Police responded to the Chestnut Street home at about 8 p.m. Sunday after other family members found the children, both under age 10, together inside the hope chest that could only be opened from the outside.

They were both taken to area hospitals, but did not survive.

The chest was close to a television that had the volume turned way up.

Authorities say the deaths appear to be accidental, but autopsies are scheduled. Other family members are cooperating.

No names were released.

(C) WLNE-TV 2014