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Preliminary autopsy results released in children's deaths

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New details emerge into the death of two infant children in Fayette County.

Sheriff's deputies issued a press release Wednesday afternoon.

They say the investigation is ongoing.

Sheriff Steve Kessler said autopsies were performed on the two dead children at the Office of the Chief Medical examiner, Wednesday morning.

The preliminary autopsy results indicate that neither of these children suffered from any trauma.

Suffocation and strangulation have been tentatively eliminated as possible causes of death.

"A final determination of the cause and manner of death cannot be made until toxicology tests have been completed," said Sheriff Kessler. "Basically the laboratory will be testing samples of hair, blood and urine in an effort to determine if these infants ingested or were exposed to any toxic substances- drugs, poison or something else- that caused their deaths."

"These tests take time,"said Sheriff Kessler. "Everyone involved in this tragic incident- the parents and family members of the infant children, law enforcement and the public- wants to know how and why these children died. Until these necessary tests are completed we won't know the answers to these questions, and we're not going to speculate about a cause and manner of death until these answers are known."