Texas Mother Busted for Drowning Her 7-Year-Old Son and 5-Year-Old Daughter in the Bathtub

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A Texas mother, Houston to be exact, calmly told an acquaintance that she’d killed her two kids and had hidden their bodies under a neighbor’s home.

30-year-old Sheborah Thomas drowned them (a 7-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl) in a bathtub by forcibly holding their heads underwater.

She was charged with capital murder of a person under age 6 on Sunday.

She told cops that after she picked up her children from daycare on Friday, she fed them and then ran water for a bath for them. She then called her daughter into the bathroom.

According to the affidavit, “she grabbed (her daughter) by the head and forced her underneath the water until she stopped moving. After she wasn’t moving and she wasn’t breathing, she took the body out of the water and placed her in the bedroom.”

She then called her son into the bathroom and after she placed him into the water, she started to do the same thing to him. He, however, struggled and grabbed her hand, but she persevered and “continued to force his head underneath the water until he stopped struggling, he stopped moving,” according to the same affidavit.

She then placed his body next to his sister’s in the bedroom. Later that day, she put their bodies in a trash can behind her home.

On Sunday, she tried to bury the bodies next to her house, but was couldn’t dig a hole deep enough. So she rolled their lifeless bodies underneath a neighbor’s house.

She then started packing up her things and asked an acquaintance — one who saw her dumping things in a field — to help her move.

When he asked about her children, she calmly said she’d killed them. Because of how matter-of-fact about it, the man thought she was kidding and continued to help her.

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He eventually realized something was wrong when he asked again, expecting a different answer and got the same one. He then drove her to the police station.

Investigators are still trying to determine a motive, but they believe that she acted alone. Autopsies have been ordered.

Authorities also don’t know whether she has a history of mental problems. Police had been to the home before, but not for major crimes.

Child Protective Services had placed the two children with their maternal grandmother in 2012 after the girl, two years old at the time, was found walking the streets with a drunk homeless man.

Ms. Thomas had a history of drug use, and her children had been homeless at the time and were staying at a shelter. They were returned to her the following year.

In 2014, after the kids had been back with their mom for 10 months, CPS officials said the kids had been “doing fine”.

Ms. Thomas also has a 12-year-old son, but he was with his father at the time of the incident.

She remains jailed without bond.

 

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