Nightmare Discovery Is A Warning To All Parents
Tragedy has struck the Myers family of Jacksonville, Florida, in the form of a heartbreaking and senseless accident.
Sadie Myers, the mother of four children, is mourning the sudden death of her two youngest, Aurora and Kellan Starr, aged four.
On Friday evening, Myers' husband, Don Starr, put the children to bed while Myers was at work. The next morning, while her older sons, aged five and seven, were playing outside, their father couldn't find the twins.
"Mommy I found them!" one of the older children told her. "They are so silly just sleeping in the toy box."
Myers said she soon realized that something wasn't right.
"Within a few seconds I knew something wasn’t right, but I also quickly realized it was already too late," Myers wrote in a Facebook post.
It appears the twins had decided to settle down in the cedar toy chest used to store their stuffed animals. They had pulled out most of the stuffed animals, leaving only a couple, and went to sleep in the chest.
What the family did not know was that most wooden chests, once closed, are airtight and soundproof.
"As they slept, all snuggled up together, they slowly ran out of oxygen within a couple of hours and passed away," Myers wrote. "They never even knew it was happening."
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to the home about noon, according to an incident report obtained by Fox News Digital. The deaths remain under investigation.
Myers said the family is overwhelmed by grief.
"Not many will ever know the feeling of trying not to spend EVERY WAKING SECOND crying in agony, so hard that it makes you fall over in pain, but we are trying soooo hard not to let our boys see us this way," Myers wrote.
Myers wrote that she believes her twins were chosen for something greater.
"Not many will know the pain of losing two children at the same time and losing them in a way that makes no sense, but I have to believe that something in this universe chose them specifically," she said. "Maybe because their souls were too perfect for this world."
Since the tragedy, a GoFundMe account has been set up for the family. As of Wednesday afternoon, it has raised over $24,965. Anyone wishing to support the Myers family can do so by visiting the GoFundMe page.