Loreal Goggins (WRDW-TV)
News 12 at 11 o'clock / Monday, Aug.13, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Two men are being called heroes after recscuing two boys out of a townhome in which police say Loreal Goggins left her twins inside for about an hour.
Goggins now faces two counts of deprivation of a minor and two counts of second-degree child cruelty. Both of those are felony charges.
"I happened to look through the window, and I don't know what made me look through the window, but I saw a baby hanging from the window," Ronald Patterson said.
Patterson was on his way to Atlanta Friday when he saw one of the 2-year-old boys dangling from the second-story window, about 15 to 20 feet off the ground.
"I took off running," he said.
His next step was to convince a 2-year-old to let go of the window. Patterson ended up catching him, but that wasn't the end of it.
"We're standing here in the parking lot, and you can hear his brother in there crying," Jeffrey Tedesco explained.
"And then his little brother came to the window, and he was going to jump out, too," Patterson added.
At that time, Patterson decided to go in the townhome, but the door was tied shut with rope. He had to climb his way up the front of the townhome to get in.
"He was standing there shaking and crying," Tedesco said.
That was the worst it got, though: A few tears and trembles, but no one was hurt.
"Something could have happened. I don't want that on my mind thinking I was right next door I could have done something about it," Tedesco said. "It's like getting a flat tire on the side of the road. You're hoping for somebody to pull over and help you."
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