WINSTON-SALEM, N.C -- A 22-year-old mother is out on bond after being arrested on child abuse charges.
Police say around 3:15 Saturday morning, officers went into a Winston-Salem apartment complex to investigate reports of someone firing a gun.
When officers got there, the front door of one apartment was open.
They went inside to make sure there were no victims, and that's when they saw a bedroom door knob tied with a shoelace and attached to the banister of a staircase.
Officers went inside and found two toddlers alone.
"They had feces on their bodies and on their hands, on the walls, apparently, touching it. And they had urine on their bodies as well," Lt. Eric Montgomery with the Winston-Salem Police Department said.
Police say their mother, Betrice Tribble, had left them there alone, perhaps, for two days.
The floor vents in the room were open and rusted according to court documents.
Police also say the kids were dehydrated.
Tribble was later found and charged with two counts of misdemeanor child abuse and resisting an officer.
According to court documents, Tribble gave police a false name.
"You hurt a child, I don't know why the death penalty is not on the table," Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O'Neil told News 2.
"To be honest, it's just so upsetting when you look at the face of those little angels, and, I'm sorry. It's very upsetting and it tugs at my heart strings when I look at those little faces and know that there's nobody there for them," O'Neil added as his voice was overcame with emotion.
The Department of Social Services was able to find the children's paternal grandmother and place the kids in her home.
The grandmother told WFMY News 2 the twins will turn 3-years-old on Sunday. She also said the twin's father is planning to get full custody.
This all comes as child advocates recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Exchange SCAN, a child abuse prevention center in Winston-Salem, reports 28 children died in 2011 and 2012 in the state because of abuse.
In total there were 3,500 reports of abuse or neglect in 2012-2013.
As far as Tribble's criminal history, she was charged with shoplifting back in 2009, and drug possession in 2010.
She also has a pending assault with a deadly weapon's charge on her record.
WFMY News 2 is trying to find out if she was the victim or attacker in that case.
The 22-year-old is due in court May 15th on the abuse charges.
Exchange SCAN Family Center is working with several community organizations and school districts (namely Alamance-Burlington Schools) to promote available resources here in the Triad. Exchange SCAN offers a variety of prevention and treatment programs. Intensive family preservation specialist Lisa McBroom explained some of the treatment programs are court-ordered, but a number of the prevention programs are tailored to educate even those not currently affected by child abuse. Those classes include "Adolescent Parenting," "Parent Teen Services," "Fathers Matter" and "Welcome Baby." Exchange-SCAN offers services in most Triad counties. Call the Winston-Salem headquarters at 748-9028 for more information.
Exchange SCAN Family Center offers child abuse prevention and treatment programs throughout the Triad. WFMY News 2
A Winston-Salem woman has been charged with child abuse, amid national Child Abuse Awareness month.