A Pennsylvania mother is accused of bringing her 6-year-old son to her elderly former landlord’s home where she beat her and another elderly woman to death before hiding out in that home, along with the two bodies, for days.
Naseema Sami, of Folsom, 43, has been charged with first-degree murder for the deaths of 78-year-old Lila Frost, the former landlord, and 68-year-old Lorraine Gigliello.
One of Frost’s tenants called police for a welfare check on Sunday night after not seeing her for days despite her car remaining on the West Norriton property, according to Philly.com. That caller also said they witnessed a stranger enter Frost’s home.
When responding officers arrived at the home they found two bodies, a “bloody scene” and Sami anf her son "hiding under a bed,” Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said during a press conference.
The victims had been dead for some time, he said.
“There were items that were in the house that were used on the victims, as well as kicking and fists,” Steele said, describing their deaths. “These were brutal killings.”
Both women reportedly died of head trauma.
Steele said that Sami was Frost's tenant 20 years ago and that she returned to the home on Thursday “because the landlord, Ms. Frost, had offered to help her if she ever needed anything.”
He said that she let herself in. Later, Gigliello, a friend visiting Frost, entered the home and confronted the suspect resulting in Sami allegedly attacking her. Frost arrived home in the middle of that attack, Steele said.
Steele said that not only did the child witness the murders but he also “witnessed his mother attempting to clean up the scene.”
This marks the first and second homicides in the township since 1986.
In addition to murder, Sami has been charged with criminal trespass, tampering with physical evidence, and endangering the welfare of a child.
She was denied bail. It’s not clear if she has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf at this time.
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