A mother from Savannah, Georgia will spend the rest of her life behind bars for drowning two of her children in a plastic tub. Jokeera Viola Morgan, 28, was found guilty, but mentally ill, for the deaths of two of her daughters in 2015. She will receive mental health treatment while in jail.
On Friday, she was handed two consecutive life sentences for drowning her 19-month old Zyra and her 8-month old Savannah in a washtub, according to PEOPLE.
During her trial, prosecutors explained to a jury how Morgan killed each daughter. She undressed each daughter individually and held them underwater until they stopped moving. After killing both children, she called 911 and explained what she did. When police arrived at Morgan’s home, one child was found dead in a hallway, according to Savannah Now. The other was discovered in the tub. Both died of drowning, according to an autopsy report.
In 2015, Savannah-Chatham police Detective Askisi Baker testified that the mother told police she felt she couldn’t take care of her children.
“The defendant knew when she murdered her babies that it was wrong,” Jenny Guyer, prosecutor stated during the closing arguments of Morgan’s trial. However, Morgan’s attorney, Todd Martin, argued that the mother didn’t understand what she was doing. He pointed to her past: a history of mental illness, medication and mental hospital stays. According to previous reports, Morgan had stopped taking her medication. The father of the children told Savannah Now that Morgan was bipolar and schizophrenic. He said Morgan “needed help for a long time (and) he was trying to get her help.”
“When she killed her children, she didn’t know right from wrong,” Martin told jurors. “She thought she was doing the right thing.”
Morgan’s other children were removed from her custody.
[Photo: Savannah-Chatham Police Department]