Mom Charged After Twins Found Dead in Trunk

KCCI.com

HUXLEY, Iowa -- An Iowa woman has been charged Tuesday in the death of her newborn twins.

The Department of Public Safety said Huxley police were called to check on the welfare of a 22-year-old woman, now identified as Jackie Burkle.

Burkle was found inside a duplex in the 500 block of North Main Avenue on Saturday. When authorities arrived, they found she'd given birth to two baby girls in the apartment. Authorities said the babies did not survive.

Authorities said the babies were found in the trunk of Burkle's vehicle, which was parked in the driveway.

Burkle was taken to a hospital, treated and released.

The state medical examiner performed autopsies on the twins on Monday. Authorities are now awaiting lab results in the case, which could take 4 to 6 weeks to get back.

Burkle was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree murder. A criminal complaint filed in Story County said Burkle admitted to law enforcement that she acted to terminate the lives of both newborn infants.

Burkle is being taken to the Story County Jail.
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