At approximately 7:20 p.m., a three-year-old and 11-month-old were slain in an apartment in a family shelter near Mount Hope.
Officers were dispatched to the residence after receiving a complaint at 7:20 p.m. about a woman’s erratic behavior. According to authorities, upon arrival they saw a naked woman in the kitchen setting fire to everything.
The woman was taken into custody without incident and transported to a local hospital for evaluation despite her odd behavior.
Before their arrival, neighbors would assist the father in removing the boys from the bathtub and unsuccessfully resuscitating them. According to authorities, they were transferred to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where they were confirmed dead.
“When officers arrived at the third-floor apartment, they discovered a 24-year-old woman acting irrationally while naked,” Chief De Ceglie told reporters outside the building.
De Ceglie stated that the initial report received by officers warned of a “female acting erratically but non-violently and without weapons.”
The officers arrested the female without incident and awaited the arrival of the ambulance.
De Ceglie stated that the woman was 24, while a police release stated that she was 22.
Due to the boys’ bodies being concealed in the bathroom at the time of the officers’ initial visit to the residence, it is believed that they were overlooked.
Upon discovering his sons’ brutally murdered bodies, the boys’ father, who has also not been identified, issued an emotional cry for assistance before the second arrival of the police.