Mother arrested in deaths of 2 children inside Wilmington home

Mother arrested in deaths of 2 children inside Wilmington home

Pelima called 911 again hours later and allegedly said she had drowned her sons, 4-month-old Solomon Epelle and 5-year-old Alex Epelle.

Police charged a DE mother with the murder of her 5-month-old son and his 5-year-old half-brother after investigators said she was concerned she would be deported despite in the country legally, according to People.

Pelima called 911 at 3:45 a.m. Monday saying she was anxious about being deported because her boyfriend - the boys' father - had been detained by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Tracy said on Tuesday. Outside the scene of the crime, at the corner of N. Adams and 9th streets a vigil grows for the two boys. At a news conference Tuesday, police say the boys' father, Victor Eppelle, who is now behind bars in York, Pa., has been notified of his sons' deaths.

"The children looked like they might have been drowned at this time". He was picked on an ICE incident October 6.

Pelima is being held at the Baylor Women's Correctional Institution on a $2 million cash bond, Tracy said. He is the biological father of both boys.

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The boys' father is now incarcerated in York, Pennsylvania, according to Wilmington police chief Robert Tracy.

"Possibly from a drowning; we're speaking with the mother to find out exactly what happened", he said. Pelima was questioned by police and immediately taken into custody.

The mother, Kula Pelima, 30, of DE, was reportedly arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. The report goes on to say "she physically assaulted the 5 year old before walking him to the bathroom". Firefighters arrived and opened windows to air out the apartment.

There was a strong odor of gas in her apartment, but it was not clear if the gas stove had been turned on intentionally, the chief said.

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