These heartbreaking images show newborn twin boys who police say were abandoned in the woods by their parents just weeks after they raised 10,000-GBP – supposedly to treat the infants health problems.
Video taken by villagers in the county of Fengqiu in Central China’s Henan Province shows the helpless young brothers wrapped in their quilts and lying on the ground on 19th July.
Video Credit: AsiaWire
The boys, who are just weeks old, were left in the forest by a bundle of firewood in temperatures rising to 38 degrees Celsius.
No parents and guardians, or even a note explaining their appearance, were found by local residents.
In the video, villagers can be seen picking up the helpless infants and taking them to Fengqiu People’s Hospital, where they are said to be in stable condition.
However, investigators looking into the case of apparent child abandonment learned of an unexpected twist after villagers said they recognised the brothers from a recent online fundraising campaign.
The boys, who were born on 16th June, were diagnosed with a series of congenital complications affecting the brain, including birth asphyxia and neonatal encephalopathy.
According to reports citing Henan Hongli Hospital where their mother gave birth, the twins also suffer from metabolic acidosis, a condition characterised by an excess production of acid or the kidney’s inability to remove acid from the body.
A weeks-long campaign saw the twins’ parents raise some 86,276 RMB (10,063 GBP), but the burden of raising the boys is believed to have been too heavy for the mum and dad to bear.
Fengqiu County police said the parents, who villagers say are both under 30, have admitted to abandoning their newborn sons.
Further investigations are ongoing, with police charges yet to be formally filed.
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