Mother, 37, drowns her 10-month-old twins in a motel hours after being kicked out of women's shelter
Heather Langdon, a 37-year-old mother, was arrested on suspicion of drowning her twin 10-month-old sons after their bodies were found in a motel in central California on Thursday
A mother has been arrested on suspicion of drowning her twin 10-month-old sons after their bodies were found in a motel in central California on Thursday, Daily Mail reports.
Police officers had arranged for Heather Langdon and her children to spend the night in the motel after she was causing a disturbance at a women's shelter in Tulare and was told she could no longer stay there. The following day, she was taken into custody.
According to Tulare police Sgt. Jon Hamlin, officers would have called for mental health assistance if they believed 37-year-old Langdon was a danger to herself or the children. However, they had had no previous contact with the suspect.
Authorities found a non-profit agency willing to pay for the motel room after they didn't want to leave without finding shelter for the mother and her children on the cold, rainy night. The following day, dispatch received a 911 call at around 7.45 am reporting that two infants had drowned, Sergeant Jon Hamlin of the Tulare Police Department said.
First responders began efforts to revive the babies as soon as they arrived at the Virginia Motor Lodge Motel where the family had been staying. Despite the paramedics' best efforts, the children were pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.
Police placed Langdon under arrest after questioning and obtaining a search warrant for the motel room. They are yet to reveal the identity of the victims' father. As Langdon is held in jail without bail, it is unclear if she is represented by an attorney.
Speaking to the Visalia Times Delta, Jay Bhakta, the owner of the motel, said that Langdon and the boys were dropped off by police during the evening of December 5. Bhakta, who did not charge Langdon for the room in a bid to help her out, said he was shocked to see the babies being taken away by two ambulances. "In 26 years, this is the first time I've seen this," he said.