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2 Mass. children die after being found trapped

FRANKLIN, Mass. (AP) -- Authorities say a brother and sister under age 10 have died after apparently getting trapped inside a hope chest in their Massachusetts home.

A spokesman for the Norfolk district attorney's office confirmed the deaths on Monday.

Police responded to the Franklin home at about 8 p.m. Sunday after other family members found the children together inside the chest that could only be opened from the outside.

The chest was close to a television that had the volume turned way up.

They were taken to hospitals, but did not survive.

Authorities say the deaths appear to be accidental, but autopsies are scheduled. Other family members are cooperating.

No names were released.

The Franklin schools said both children attended an elementary school in town and counselors are available to students and staff.
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