It's one of those images that will haunt a mother forever.
Alison Johnson is the mother of 18-month-old twins Caleb and Libby. After settling the twins into their side-by-side cribs and leaving the room to squeeze in a shower during nap time, Alison heard her son crying. She returned to the room to find her son Caleb hanging in the six-inch space between the cribs, desperately trying to hold on.
"His body fit through, but his head wouldn't. He was using every ounce of energy he had to hold himself up by his little arms," Alison wrote in a Facebook post warning other moms of multiples about crib safety. "If they had given out, he would've just been hanging there by his head."
Alison's Facebook post has been shared more than 50,000 times, prompting hundreds of moms to reach out to her for advice and to extend thanks for the warning.
"I've received hundreds of notes from other twin parents thanking me because their nurseries were set up the exact same way," the 37-year-old Phoenix mom told Today. "They all said it was something they would never think of."
Although Caleb survived the incident without injury, Alison and her husband have placed the twins in cribs on opposite sides of their bedroom, making sure that no other furniture even comes close to the cribs.
"What's even more scary is that like many moms, I generally use nap time as an opportunity to shower," Alison said. "Had I done that today and checked on him after five minutes, he would have literally hung himself."