Liberian Mother Drowns Her Son and Step-son For Fear of Being Deported
A 30-year-old Liberian mother was arrested on Monday in Delaware, Wilmington after she was accused of drowning her Son and Step-son in a bathtub for Fear of being deported.
The liberian mother who goes by the name Kula Pelima has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of her 3-month-old son named Solomon Epelle who happened to be her biological child and the baby’s 5-year-old half-brother, Alex Epelle, who as well happens to be her Nigerian boyfriend’s son with another woman. The couple lived together in Wilmington, and she helped care for both children.
Wilmington police stated they were called to the apartment on the 800 block of West 9th Street around 3:45 a.m. EDT Monday morning, according to FOX 29.
Pelima said, she was worried that she could be deported because her Nigerian boyfriend, Victor Epelle, had been detained by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Court documents stated that Pelima who has lived in U.S for two decades had called 911 about 3:45 a.m. Monday, fearing that her visa had lapsed, Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy said at a news conference.
Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy said the police had responded to her home at that time and assured her no one was going to come for her because she is already a permanent resident coupled with the fact that she had no conviction case.
Tracy, however, did not say Pelima was an illegal immigrant but cited court documents saying she had immigrated to the United States from Liberia at age 10 and was living in the country legally.
When police saw the children then, they were awake and well, making the police to feel the children were not in any form of danger.
However, they returned about four hours later after Pelima had called 911 again, saying she had drowned the two children.
According to report, Pelima said she dropped Solomon in the bathtub and turned on the water and left him on his back as the tub filled after she plugged the drain after which she then physically assaulted the 5-year-old before walking him to the bathroom and held his head under water until he stopped moving.
“She was pretty matter of fact about admission that the two children were dead. Our officers discovered them in the back bathtub,” Tracy said.
Upon the arrival of the police, she showed them the bathtub where the officers found the two children dead bodies. The gas for the stove was also found switched on in the house, though it wasn’t clear if it was left on intentionally.
Describing the deaths as tragic, Tracy said Tuesday:
“We all have the questions: Why would someone go through and do what they’ve done. We don’t have the answers either.”
Pelima is currently being held at the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on a $2 million cash bond and It’s not clear if she has a lawyer yet
Pelima’s boyfriend, Epelle, 38, was taken into custody by immigration authorities in Pennsylvania on Sept. 14. He was in the United States legally, but he had violated the terms of his status, ICE said. It wasn’t immediately clear what he had done.
He was released from custody on Monday on humanitarian grounds after being notified of the deaths of his sons.
Source: FOX 29
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