Two young children were found dead in Clay County under mysterious circumstances shortly after noon on Wednesday.
Details are sketchy, but the children, sisters under the age of 5, were found outside a residence by their mother. They were not breathing and were nonresponsive, according to Capt. Will Akin of the Clay County Sheriff's Office.
The mother ran to a neighbor's house, and the neighbor called 911. Nearby neighbors did not wish to comment.
Akin said the incident was reported about 12:10 p.m. near the intersection of Missouri 92 and Cameron Road, east of Kearney in a sparsely-populated area of rural Clay County.
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Akin said foul play is not suspected at this time, but the circumstances of the deaths are still under investigation.
"As far as we know at this point, no water has been involved or bodies of water," Akin said. "No firearms have been involved. No road-related issues have been involved. We just don't know exactly what happened. But we know on the surface it's not foul play related."