The children were completely alone and utterly vulnerable in a stroller next to the railway tracks before they were found.
When parents can't take care of children anymore, they have many safe havens where they can leave their them. It is not an ideal situation, but it is always better than leaving them on the side of a road or railway track, which can easily become a hazard. There are thousands of children abandoned in the US every year tragically and more who are orphaned.
In an unfortunate incident, twin nine-month-old boys were found abandoned near railway tracks in Worcester on July 3 around 12.15 am. Police are looking into the matter currently. They had visited a Cambridge Street address that morning for a check on welfare, according to the Worcester Police Department press release. They found the children missing from their homes. A little while later, employees of the railroad company had found the babies, who were alone in the area of the railroad tracks near Kansas Street. The children appeared to be unharmed, the police said, and have been identified. They are in the custody of Department of Children & Families.
“I saw the little baby wave at me.” Train engineer spotted abandoned twins in a double stroller along railroad tracks at a trash facility in Worcester. https://t.co/9DBudI6GRh— Michael Rosenfield NBC10 Boston (@MikeRNBCBoston) July 4, 2019
The children were found by one Eric Martell. “It was the happiest I’ve ever been to hear a baby cry in my life,” he told CBS Boston. “Everything happens for a reason I believe and we were able to make a difference.” They were in a stroller less than half a yard away from the tracks, according to Boston Herald (BH).
“We were switching out some cars, and all of a sudden my engineer said, ‘I see a carriage with some babies in it,’” the conductor, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told BH. “It was 2 feet off the tracks. We made sure they were OK and called 911. It was definitely shocking.”
Residents of the area are shocked at what has happened. People are just confused and angry at the irresponsible actions of the parents. Terrible though the situation is, they could have left them at a safer place.
One resident, Carl Wooden, said he knows who the mother of those children are and he was with her a short time before she left them. "I’m angry, I’m sad. Confused,” he said. He added that he had been with the family watching fireworks the previous night. "I'm in shock still. I'm, like, walking around in circles just totally in awe," Wooden said to WCVB5. "I just left the police station for questioning and stuff like that," he added. "It's traumatizing, to me, that something like this could even happen."
A woman, Georgeanna Broadard, who lives near that area where the children were found said, "I can’t see how anyone can do that to babies where there are so many safe havens around,” she said. “It’s sad because there’s a church right there – Sacred Heart Church, she could’ve brought the babies. She could’ve knocked on anyone’s door wherever she was. I’m sure she could’ve knocked on anyone’s door and anyone would’ve helped her. I would have.”
"I just think it's sad to have babies just left alone," said she to WCVB5.
Another woman, Farid Atta, 27, told BH, “This is the saddest thing I’ve heard. We’ve been living here 10 years, and I have never heard of anything like that happening. Whoever did this should be prosecuted to the most extent of the law.”
A mother of three, Aura Leon, said, “It’s just irresponsible. If the parents didn’t want to keep them, there are a lot of places they could have brought them instead. There’s no reason to leave them by some railroad tracks."
The conductor who had found them said, "I have a 1-year-old daughter, and I can’t imagine doing anything like that. I hope they can find someone who loves them and will take care of them.”
Them being adopted by a loving family would give them a new lease of life full of love and family. They will be able to find the right care and nurture that all children deserve instead of being forced to be with a parent, who is not capable or interested in caring for them.