A mother from Indiana, Blossom Kirby, has been imprisoned following her arrest for riding a bicycle across town with her distressed two-month-old twins placed inside a milk crate. The incident, which occurred on an Indianapolis street last June, resulted in Kirby’s conviction for neglect of a dependent, leading to a one-year prison sentence.
Witnesses captured heartbreaking photos of the babies, clad only in diapers, lying in the crate under the sweltering summer heat. Disturbingly, the infants, a boy, and a girl were not properly secured and the crate was haphazardly attached to the front of the bicycle with a bungee cord, according to Fox 59 reported.
Several concerned individuals dialed emergency services to report Kirby’s dangerous actions, with one witness even observing her almost crashing and falling off the bike. Brian Henderson, one of the horrified onlookers, initially believed that the crate contained toys until he noticed one of the baby’s arms move.
In a video shared on social media at the time, Henderson can be heard admonishing Kirby, saying, “You can’t have those babies in there like that, ma’am.” Suzanne Lynch, another witness, promptly intervened, calling for medical assistance.
According to Lynch, Kirby revealed that she typically placed one baby in the front and another in the back of the bicycle, but due to her inability to control the bike effectively, she opted to transport both infants in the single milk crate at the front. Kirby claimed that this was her preferred method of transporting the babies whenever she needed to travel, as she did not own a car.
Upon their rescue, the babies were taken to a nearby hospital where they received treatment for sunburns and minor scratches. The Department of Child Services was notified of Kirby’s arrest, although the current custody arrangements for the infants remain unclear.