A Houston mother who calmly told an acquaintance that she had drowned her two children in a bathtub has been charged with their deaths and was being held by police.
Sheborah Thomas, 30, was charged with capital murder of a person under age six, according to court records.
“All indications are she is the one who acted alone” in the deaths of her seven-year-old son and five-year-old daughter, Houston police spokesman Kese Smith said.
Their bodies were found on Sunday under a neighbour’s house.
Authorities have not yet confirmed a cause of death but said an acquaintance of the woman told police she said she drowned her children in a bathtub.
Smith said investigators are still interviewing the woman and have not determined a motive. Autopsies have been ordered.
The acquaintance told authorities he came across Thomas dumping rubbish in a field and that she 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.
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