A California woman allegedly drowned her twin 10-month-old sons in the bathtub of a motel room she had been given for free after being kicked out of a women's shelter.
Heather Langdon, 37, has been charged with murder in the death of her twin sons Mason and Maddox Murguia.
Police officers escorted Langdon and her two babies to the motel Wednesday night after Langdon had reportedly been asked to leave a woman's shelter for creating a disturbance, the Associated Press reports.
Tulare police officers can be seen in surveillance footage helping the woman—who they said had shown no signs of mental health issues — into the motel room.
By 7:45 a.m. Thursday morning, the twins were dead.
The deaths were discovered after Langdon had reportedly begun asking for help, telling a woman at the Virginia Motor Lodge that she had almost drowned the children.
"She kept saying that 'I almost drowned them. I almost drowned by babies' and she was trying to help the babies but I didn't know that they were already deceased," Maria Marez would later tell KSEE.
Marez "flagged down" police and ran to the room to try to help but made the "sad" discovery that the babies were already dead, she said.
When Tulare police officers arrived at the scene, the babies were not breathing, Sgt. Jon Hamlin said, according to the AP.
Langdon is also the mother of three older children, but it's not clear where those children were at the time of the deaths.
"They no longer have a mother," Teresa Langdon, the suspect's sister, told KSEE about Langdon's surviving children.
Teresa said she had seen her sister on Sunday and didn't notice anything out of the ordinary.
"I'm angry when I think about her and I'm sad but I don't feel like this is real," she said after learning her young nephews had died.
She said the family will never be able to "put the pieces back" and are left wondering why Langdon may have done such a thing.
"If she did do this, it is unforgivable," Teresa said.
[Photo: Associated Press]
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