Mum ad­mits to killing 2 kids found dead un­der house

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HOUS­TON — Two chil­dren were found dead un­der a neigh­bour’s house on Sun­day after their mother mat­ter-of-factly told some­one help­ing her move that she had drowned them in a bath­tub, au­thor­i­ties said.

e 30-year-old mother was in cus­tody and not yet charged but “all in­di­ca­tions are she is the one who acted alone” in the deaths of her seven-year-old son and fiveyear-old daugh­ter, Hous­ton po­lice spokesper­son Kese Smith told The Associated Press.

Au­thor­i­ties have not yet con­firmed a cause of death but said the woman al­legedly told an ac­quain­tance that she had drowned the chil­dren.

Smith said in­ves­ti­ga­tors were still in­ter­view­ing the woman and had not de­ter­mined a mo­tive. She was turned in to po­lice by the ac­quain­tance, who came upon her throw­ing away trash in a field, where she al­legedly told him she needed help mov­ing right away.

When the man asked about her kids, she calmly said she had killed them, Smith said.

“She was so mat­ter of fact about it he didn’t think she was se­ri­ous. He thought she was jok­ing,” Smith said. “He con­tin­ued to help her pack.”

Smith said the man even­tu­ally re­alised some­thing was wrong when he asked again and got the same an­swer. He then drove the woman to­ward a nearby po­lice precinct and flagged down an of­fi­cer, Smith said.

The mother ap­par­ently tried bury­ing the chil­dren at first but put them un­der a neigh­bour’s house when that proved too dif­fi­cult, Smith said.

Au­thor­i­ties were not im­me­di­ately aware of the woman hav­ing any his­tory of men­tal health prob­lems, Smith said. He said po­lice had been to the home be­fore but for “noth­ing ma­jor”.

State child wel­fare of­fi­cials have pre­vi­ously vis­ited with the fam­ily, said Te­jal Pa­tel, a spokesper­son for the Texas De­part­ment of Fam­ily and Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices. She said she could not dis­close the na­ture of those vis­its but said a “top to bot­tom re­view” of the fam­ily will be done.

Neigh­bours told the Hous­ton Chron­i­cle that the fam­ily had moved in just a few months ear­lier.

“She would just take her kids to the park; that’s all ev­ery­one saw of them,” neigh­bour Mike Polk told the news­pa­per.

In 2001, Hous­ton mother An­drea Yates drowned her five chil­dren rang­ing in age from seven years to six months in the bath­tub of her fam­ily’s home. She was even­tu­ally found not guilty by rea­son of insanity in July 2006 and sent to a state men­tal hos­pi­tal. — AP

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