Twin boys drown at mo­tel

The Daily Courier - - WORLD -

TU­LARE, Calif. — Po­lice ar­rested a mother on sus­pi­cion of drown­ing her twin 10-month-old sons whose bod­ies were found Thurs­day in a mo­tel in cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia.

Heather Lang­don was taken into cus­tody a day af­ter po­lice of­fi­cers helped ar­range for her and her chil­dren to spend the night in the mo­tel af­ter she was told she could no longer re­main at a women’s shel­ter in Tu­lare be­cause she was caus­ing a dis­tur­bance.

Tu­lare po­lice Sgt. Jon Ham­lin said of­fi­cers had no pre­vi­ous con­tact with the 37-year-old Lang­don and would have called for mental health as­sis­tance if they be­lieved she was a dan­ger to her­self or the chil­dren.

He said the of­fi­cers didn’t want to leave with­out finding shel­ter for them on the cold, rainy night, so they found a non-profit agency will­ing to pay for the mo­tel room.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors haven’t yet iden­ti­fied the vic­tims’ fa­ther.

The boys were not breath­ing when of­fi­cers ar­rived at the mo­tel early Thurs­day. They were pro­nounced dead at a hos­pi­tal.

Lang­don was be­ing held in jail with­out bail. Jail records don’t in­di­cate if she is rep­re­sented by an at­tor­ney.

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