( 4UMF NEWS ) Mother Arrested For Drowning Her Children:
A man helping a Houston neighbor move asked why her children weren’t around and was told she drowned them and stashed their bodies under a nearby home, according to authorities.
Sheborah Thomas, 30, spared no details and told the shocked do-gooder she drowned the boy and girl he and other neighbors often saw playing at the park, in the bathtub.
The Houston Chronicle identified the children as son, Orayln, 7, and daughter, Kahana, 5.
The mother also said she tried burying her children in the backyard, but she failed and hid their bodies under a neighbor’s home instead.
“She was so matter of fact about it he didn’t think she was serious. He thought she was joking,” Houston police spokesman Kese Smith said. “He continued to help her pack.”
The neighbor then drove Thomas to the nearest police precinct after realizing the woman never faltered in her answer, repeatedly saying she killed two of her three children.
Her 12-year-old son was not home at the time, KHOU-TV reported.
Thomas now faces capital murder charges in the two deaths after police found their bodies under the home, like she said.
Her children were “just innocent, growing kids,” an aunt told the Chronicle.
“This is the type of stuff that you see on TV,” Kita Thomas-Smith said. “To actually feel it yourself is devastating.”
A daycare worker last saw Orayln and Kahana on Friday during a school talent show.
“They told the bus driver, we’ll see you Monday,” Sophia Faulty told KHOU-TV. “It’s just hurtful. Those children didn’t deserve that.
Thomas and her children had only lived in the home for a few months and during that time, police had been called to the address a number of times but for “nothing major.”
It’s unclear if Thomas has a history of mental health problems.
She had, however, been visited by child welfare officials with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, but spokeswoman Tejal Patel would not disclose the nature of those visits.
A famous case of filicide also took place in Houston in 2001.
Andrea Yates drowned her five children in the bathtub and was found not guilty by reason of insanity during a second trial in 2006 and confined to a state mental hospital.
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