Officials, community raise money for twins' burial

Deputy Coroner Mike Bachand (Source: KAIT-TV)
Deputy Coroner Mike Bachand (Source: KAIT-TV)

CROSS COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - An area community is attempting to lay to rest a horrific crime that happened over a month ago.

We first told you about the disturbing case in February, when Cross County deputies discovered twin infants in a suitcase near Wynne. An arrest was made Thursday in connection with the case.

Now, officials and the community are coming together to raise money to give the babies a proper burial.

"It's only right," Mike Bachand said. "Those children didn't do anything to anybody and they do deserve a proper burial."

Deputy Coroner Mike Bachand was called to the scene that night.

"It's the worst coroner case I ever had by any stretch," Bachand said. "Children are a tear jerker and it's hard to sleep at night."

He could only describe it as a catastrophe.

Because the twins were found just outside of city limits, Bachand said both county sheriff's deputies and city police responded.

"All of those guys, it affected everybody," Bachand said. "And it's a terrible thing."

Now, they're trying the only way they know how to make it right by giving the babies their final resting place.

Bachand said as soon as he began discussing plans with Cross County Coroner Terry Woodard, several local businesses reached out to lend their support.

Bachand said he and Woodard have received several calls already, but Bachand expected the community's response.

"I'm going to be honest with you, I'm not surprised," Bachand said. "This county has always been super outstanding, you couldn't live in a better place, I have been around the world in every state but two and I have never lived in a community like Cross County."

Bachand said he opened an account at Cross County Bank Thursday called Twins Burial Fund.

He doesn't know how much the headstone, casket and funeral services will be just yet, but of course, every donation helps.

Bachand said they plan to order a teddy bear headstone for the babies.

"The intentions are to put here lie two twin angels," Bachand said.

They plan to have a volunteer pastor conduct a brief service, and Bachand and Woodard will make sure the two babies get the burial they deserve.

If you want to donate to the Twins Burial Fund, Bachand said all checks are to be made out to Cross County Bank.

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