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Two infants critical, child abuse suspected

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -
Michigan State Police detectives say a possible case of child abuse has left two 6-month-old twins in critical condition at Hurley Medical Center.

On Saturday night, the two children arrived at the hospital from a home on the 3900 block of Averill Avenue on Flint's east side.

Police got involved when the hospital contacted them because the injuries appeared to be consistent with child abuse.

A lieutenant with MSP told TV5 there are serious injuries to both babies but wouldn't elaborate on the injuries themselves, saying this is still an open investigation.

However, Robert Ennis, of the Ennis Center for Children, which deals with neglected and abused children, says this situation is another case of a growing problem.

"There's an epidemic of little kids, infants, 2 years and under, being shaken, being beaten. Then the shortage of the resources in this community to even the prosecutor's office. Poverty is a main issue. Substance abuse a big issue and then domestic violence," Ennis said.

Because money is dried up for some of those resources, Ennis says the children often are the ones caught up and victimized by the violence.

TV5 will continue to follow this story and will provide updates as new information is learned.

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