An Alaska mom who allegedly searched the internet for “16 steps to kill someone and not get caught” has been charged with murder for the death of both her daughters, who died two years apart from each other.
Stephany E. LaFountain, 23, of Fairbanks was indicted on two charges each of first- and second-degree murder in the deaths of her two daughters Wednesday, according to the Fairbanks Police Department. Her children died in September 2015 and November 2017.
Last year, LaFountain called 911 to report that her 13-month-old daughter wasn’t breathing. The baby died four days later. The investigation into her death prompted the death of LaFountain's baby in 2015 to be reopened. In that eerily similar case, LaFountain called 911 to report that her 4-month-old child wasn't breathing. The baby died an hour later.
An investigation showed that an hour before dispatchers were called about her 13-month-old in 2017, LaFountain made several "suspicious searches" online, according to police. She allegedly looked up "ways to suffocate,” “Ways to kill human with no proof,” "16 steps to kill someone and not get caught,” "How to: Commit the Perfect Murder,” and "Drowning and Forensics.”
Autopsies and medical reports reveal that both children were healthy before their deaths, according to police.
“We have two infants, two babies, that were killed by their mother,” Fairbanks Police Chief Eric Jewkes said during a press conference held on Thursday. “How do we even imagine that?”
It’s not clear if LaFountain has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf at this time. She is being held on a $2 million bail.
[Photo: Fairbanks Police Department]