Latest Incident Comes A Week After 4-Year-Old Boy Found Malnourished

PLAINFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities say 3-month-old twins were found alive in a northern New Jersey apartment with the body of their mother, who is believed to have been dead for days.

Plainfield Police Lt. Kevin O’Brien said the discovery was made Wednesday by police responding to a request from a relative concerned that he hadn’t heard from the woman for a few days.

Police said they found the body of 39-year-old Alice M. Jackson dead on her bed in her Plainfield apartment. An autopsy was pending but police said Jackson appeared to have died from natural causes.

The infants were found responsive but dehydrated. They remained hospitalized in stable condition on Thursday.

The discovery came a week after police in nearby Union discovered a malnourished toddler chain-locked inside an apartment with his dead mother.

In that case as well, authorities said it appeared 38-year-old Kiana Workman of Brooklyn died of natural causes though an autopsy was inconclusive.

The 4-year-old boy was treated at the hospital but has since been released. He is living in temporary foster care.

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