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A 33-year-old Nevada mother is accused of drowning two young children in different bathtubs at her home, according to authorities.
On July 20, Jovan Paris Trevino, 33, was arrested in Bullhead City, Arizona on two counts of murder after turning herself in at Western Arizona Regional Medical Center, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
She allegedly confessed to hospital staff that she drowned her children Gihanna Fox, 1, and Christopher Fox III, 4, at her home in Henderson, Nevada on Monday.
“During an evaluation she had admitted that she had just killed her two children,” police wrote in a search warrant obtained by the newspaper.
Police were first called to Trevino’s home in the 700 block of Calamus Palm Place at around 6:30 p.m. on July 19. The children’s bodies were later discovered at the home, along with a suicide note, which Trevino allegedly penned. The children were “beyond assistance,” according to the warrant.
Trevino’s ex-fiancé, Christopher Fox, first called law enforcement to the home regarding a medical incident at the property. Officials said he’s cooperating with investigators. Fox, who previously had a temporary protective court order filed against him by Trevino said he went to the home because “things did not seem right,” according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Gihanna Fox and Christopher Fox’s deaths were initially deemed suspicious. They now are actively being investigated as homicides. However, the children’s cause and manner of death haven’t yet been released by the Clark County coroner's office.
Trevino’s oldest child, Christopher Fox III, was reportedly discovered in a loft in her home with medical equipment surrounding his body.
“Jovan tricked Christopher into playing on his stomach in the bathtub by giving him a pair of glasses and using them to see better underwater,” investigators said, according to the Review-Journal.
The boy’s younger brother was found in the house's master bedroom.
“Jovan then grabbed Gihanna by the back of the head and forced her head underwater,” the warrant stated. “It did not take as long to drown Gihanna as it had taken to drown Christopher.”
Authorities suspect that Trevino attempted suicide following the drownings. She took over-the-counter medication and drank alcohol prior to killing the two boys, police said. Trevino later fled the home.
In the suspected suicide note found at the crime scene, Trevino stated “she could not ‘walk-off this earth and leave my precious children behind,” according to police documents, KLAS-TV reported.
A bloody knife was also found at the home.
Trevino, who briefly appeared in Mohave County Superior Court in Kingman, Arizona on Wednesday, waived extradition back to Nevada to face charges in the pair of fatal drownings. She’s being held at a Mohave County detention center “under close supervision, away from other new intake prisoners,” jail officials said.
Trevino is a family services assistant with the Department of Family Services, the agency that investigates child abuse cases.
The children’s family, meanwhile, set up a GoFundMe to help cover funeral expenses for Gihanna Fox and Christopher Fox III. The campaign had raised nearly $20,000 as of Friday.
“Christopher and Gihanna were our lovely kids and just made our days better by just looking at them smile,” Christopher Fox wrote.
The grieving father described Christopher Fox III as an “amazing kid” with a big heart who loved being around people. His 1-year-old daughter Gihanna, he said, was a “our dancer and sassy child.”
“Our kids had so much life ahead of them and we wanted to see them prosper in whatever they wanted to do in life.”
Trevino is expected to be extradited back to Clark County in the coming days, officials said in court.
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