The woman is held without bail.
One would never expect a mother to take the lives of her own children. Unfortunately, such news is no more a rarity. In a horrific incident, a mother from New York City allegedly killed her newborn babies.
According to People, 23-year-old Danezja Kilpatrick is accused of killing her son Dallis, and daughter Dakota Bentley, who were just 64 days old. NYPD informed that the murder took place at the woman's apartment in Queens.
The heinous crime came to light after the authorities conducted a welfare check in the woman's Woodside Houses apartment. Dallis was found in his crib while Dakota was found under a sink.
As per Daily News, the mother scalded one baby in hot water and pressed a knife into the other infant's neck. The prosecutors stated that the mother took to these brutal ways of murder after her plan to kill them with poisoned milk failed. It was also found that the mother spent four days with the corpses after committing the crime.
Speaking to the police at the residence, the 23-year-old mother stated, "I didn’t want them anymore. They are dead.”
She also claimed that she could not sleep because of her babies. “The babies wouldn’t let me sleep. I just gave up and stopped caring. I didn’t care about the babies, that’s why I poisoned them," said the woman, alluding to her first failed attempt.
‘I just gave up’: Queens mom accused of slaying twin babies poisoned infants’ milk, scalded one with hot water, prosecutors say – NewsEverything NewYork https://t.co/fkGBZOe5gh— NewsEverything (@NewsEverything_) April 24, 2021
Further, the mother revealed that she did not know the father of her children. She also claimed that she had no one to help her with the babies. Meanwhile, Kilpatrick's sister stated that she was travelling from her home in Yonkers to help the woman out with the babies. She also stated that she never expected Kilpatrick to kill her children.
The prosecutors said that the woman initially tried killing the babies by mixing Pine-Sol into their milk. However, the plan did not go as expected. So, she placed her infant daughter's face down in a bathtub and ran hot water over her till she stopped crying. Soon after, she wrapped the infant in a blanket and stuffed her into a plastic bag. She then left her body under the sink. The woman then took to killing her baby boy. She pushed a knife into the back of his neck and covered his dead body with a blanket.
The news shocked everyone. “This is a tragic, heart-wrenching case. Two babies are dead and their mother charged with doing the unthinkable. This should have been a joyous time for this family. Instead, the babies’ relatives are mourning the deaths," said Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, according to Daily News.
Based on the evidence, the woman is charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. She is held without bail. She was placed under the doctor's care while in custody.