Two Atlanta toddlers were found dead late Friday night and the mother of the children has been charged with murder, according to local new media
According to an arrest warrant obtained by Atlanta station WXIA and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, investigators believe the mother, 24-year-old Lamora Williams, killed the children “by placing them in an oven and turning it on.”
Officers were called out to the Oakland City West End Apartments on Friday night where two children, 1-year-old Jakarter Penn and 2-year-old Keyounte Penn, were found dead.
Police said the two little boys had obvious injuries including burn marks on their bodies, possibly from the stove.
Neighbors said police removed the stove and oven from the apartment.
A third child, 3 years old, was found alive in the apartment.
According to preliminary information, Williams said she left her three kids with her sister, and when she came home she found the two boys unresponsive. After gathering evidence and speaking with neighbors, investigators said they do not believe Williams left them with a caregiver.
Neighbors didn’t buy Williams’ story, telling Atlanta station WGCL that Williams had left the children home alone before. They held a vigil on Saturday night in honor of the two little boys.
A friend of the suspect told the Journal-Constitution that Williams had a month earlier quit her job because she couldn’t find a babysitter.
The friend said Williams called her on Friday evening, saying she “couldn’t do it anymore.”
Williams then told her friend the boys were dead.
Police are still investigating and the cause of death is unknown at this time. Williams will appear in court on Monday.