CLAY COUNTY, Missouri — Family members of two children who died at a residence near Kearney on Wednesday have identified the sisters as Ireland Autumn J. Ribando, 2, and Goodknight Berretta J. Ribando, 7 weeks.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of the girls after deputies were called to a residence in the 15600 block of Cameron Road near the intersection of Missouri Highway 92 and Cameron Road just after noon on the July 4 holiday.
The children’s mother found the sisters unresponsive and took them to a neighbor’s home for help, said Capt. Will Akin, public information officer for the sheriff’s office.
The neighbor called 911 at about 12:10 p.m. to report two young children who were not breathing. When deputies and paramedics arrived, the sisters were pronounced dead at the scene, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.
“At this time, there is no reason for us to believe foul play was involved,” Akin said.
The children were found outside of their home in a rural area about two miles east of Kearney. They were not near water or in the road, and the cause of the girls’ deaths has not been determined.
“There is no way for us to tell what’s happened,” Akin said.
Kansas City crime technicians assisted at the scene, and the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office is performing autopsies to determine the cause of the deaths.
Akin said the family was cooperating with the investigation.
John Bazzano, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, said there was no timeline for when autopsy results would be available.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for assistance with funeral arrangements.
“Joe Ribando received the tragic news 7-4-18 that he lost his two daughters. With the permission of the family, we are starting this campaign to raise money for the funeral expenses for both Ireland and Goodnight Ribando,” a description on the account page states.