Police arrested a mother on suspicion of drowning her twin 10-month-old sons whose bodies were found Thursday in a motel in central California.
Heather Langdon was taken into custody a day after police officers helped arrange for her and her children to spend the night in the motel after she was told she could no longer remain at a women’s shelter in Tulare because she was causing a disturbance.
Tulare police Sgt. Jon Hamlin said officers had no previous contact with the 37-year-old Langdon and would have called for mental health assistance if they believed she was a danger to herself or the children.
He said the officers didn’t want to leave without finding shelter for them on the cold, rainy night, so they found a nonprofit agency willing to pay for the motel room.
Investigators haven’t yet identified the victims’ father.
The boys were not breathing when officers arrived at the motel early Thursday. They were pronounced dead at a hospital.
Langdon was being held in jail without bail. Jail records don’t indicate if she is represented by an attorney.
Tulare is about 46 miles (74 kilometers) south of Fresno.
The aunt of the twins spoke out about the murders less than 48 hours after the tragedy.
“We will never put the pieces back together but we ask that you keep us all in your prayers as we do the best we can,” Teresa Langdon said.
Teresa Langdon got the call with the news at work from her sobbing mother.
“Honestly I thought my sister had killed herself,” said Teresa Langdon.
Teresa Langdon said her sister seemed normal when she saw her last Sunday.
“I wish I would have followed a gut feeling and gone over and picked up the babies,” said Teresa Langdon/
Teresa can’t turn back time but knows Mason and Maddox should be alive.
“Not being able to see who they were going to be or what they were going to become,” Teresa Langdon said.