The deaths of 5-month-old twins in their Little Village home are being investigated by child welfare officials, who say they already had been looking into allegations of neglect involving the babies last month.
Jimmie Whitelow, a spokesman for the Department of Children and Family Services, would not give any details of the allegations.
The babies’ mother, Victoria Rodriguez, said Thursday evening that DCFS was investigating because the family missed a medical appointment for the twins, who were born premature.
The babies, Julian and Giselle Romero, were found unresponsive in their crib about 10 a.m. in the family's home in the 4100 block of West 25th Street, police said. Autopsies are scheduled for Friday, and police said they were conducting a death investigation.
DCFS also is investigating the deaths and said it has had contact with the family since March of 2011, when the agency determined that an allegation of abuse involving an older child was credible, according to Whitelow.
Whitelow said the allegations were against two male relatives of the child.
Rodriguez said the March allegation involved a relative.
On April 9, 2012 the agency began an investigation into an allegation of neglect against the parents of the babies.
Rodriguez, 19, said that investigation began when she missed an appointment at a medical clinic because their father had gotten his driver’s license suspended.
Rodriguez said the twins were born premature and suffered from “development issues.’’
When asked why the twins weren’t taken from their custody after the April allegation, Whitelow said the investigation was still ongoing.
“Well, first of all you have only a pending allegation, and it’s an allegation from April, of neglect,’’ Whitelow said. “That allegation itself might not have warranted the removal of those children.’’
According to Rodriguez, the March 2011 probe began because a relative “tried to choke’’ their child, a girl who was 7 months old at the time.