Cops: Houston Mom Drowned 2 Kids, Hid Bodies

She confessed murders to acquaintance
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2016 3:35 AM CDT
Cops: Houston Mom Drowned 2 Kids, Hid Bodies
Terrible news out of Houston.   (Shutterstock)

A Houston woman was arrested Sunday after casually mentioning to an acquaintance that she had drowned her two children in a bathtub and hidden the bodies under a neighbor's home, police say. Sheborah Thomas, 30, has been charged with capital murder in the deaths of 7-year-old Orayln (also spelled O'Raylan in other reports) and 5-year-old Kayana, the Houston Chronicle reports. Police say the incomprehensible murders were uncovered when the acquaintance spotted Thomas throwing trash into an empty lot Sunday morning. She told him she needed help moving from her house immediately. After Thomas mentioned the killings as he helped her pack, he drove her to a police station, where she was taken into custody.

Thomas, who moved into the home in April, has no known history of mental illness and no serious criminal record, the Chronicle reports. Her estranged husband is less than a year into a three-year sentence for possession of PCP. A woman who identified herself as the husband's sister tells WFAA that she doesn't know how she is going to tell him about his children. She says for now, the family is going to focus on laying the children to rest and not worry about Thomas "because her day is going to come. Sooner or later her day is going to come and I pray to God that she suffers like she did her kids; made her kids suffer, I hope she suffers worse." A Child Protective Services spokesperson says the family is known to the agency and there will be a "top to bottom" investigation of the case. (Read more Houston stories.)

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