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Police: Beaten Woman Leads Police To Home With Abandoned Toddlers

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) -- An investigation is underway after  two toddlers were found abandoned in a Miami home Friday morning.

Miami Police said it began when a woman flagged down an officer near her home at 361 NW 7th Street. She reportedly told police she had escaped the home after her boyfriend severely beat her.  She was taken to the hospital with extensive bruising and injuries.

Investigators were able to find the apartment the woman had indicated but when they got there, they discovered two toddlers inside the home alone. The boyfriend had reportedly fled.

As for the home, it was being demolished Friday. Construction workers told CBS4's Michele Gillen they cant imagine how someone was living in the apartment, let alone children.

The building appears to be partially demolished and may have been a magnet for squatters or homeless people. The demolition company said there is no power in the building.

"Nobody is supposed to be living here. There is no running water, no power. There's nothing there," said  construction worker Manny Gonzalez. "I wouldn't put my dog in that condition. That was terrible."

"Who seemed to be caring for them," asked Gillen.

"Nobody and they were on the second floor. That was what was so scary about it. They could have gotten out and fell right through it," said Gonzalez.

A construction worker in the home, reportedly saw the children being taken away.

"The City of Miami was already here holding the kids like they hadn't been saved," said David Darling. "I walked into the room. There was a couch inside but it was more of an abandoned apartment building so why would you have your kids in that?"

The grandmother of the children has since picked them up while the mother remains in the hospital.

The Department of Children and Families said they are investigating the incident.  Investigators showed up on property ground.

"The boy had no shirt on. They had no shoes," said Gonzalez.

They are asking anyone who has any information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.

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