A woman drowned her infant son and his 5-year-old half brother in a bathtub hours after she called police and told them she was anxious about being deported, a DE police chief said Tuesday. Officers reported smelling a strong odor of natural gas permeating throughout the home.
Thirty-year-old Kula Pelima, the mother of the infant, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. She was being held at Baylor Women's Correctional Institution after failing to post $2 million cash bail, police Chief Robert Tracy said at a Tuesday press briefing. The couple lived together in Wilmington, and she helped care for both children, the police chief said.
As the call came in at around 8:30 am yesterday, Wilmington Police were dispatched to 826 W. Ninth Street to conduct a welfare check of the two young children, according to Tracy. "The officer actually saw the 5-year-old in the apartment and there was no distress".
In a tragically similar case, an Atlanta woman was arrested Friday after her two toddlers were found dead in their home.
Pelima's boyfriend, the father of both boys, is a native of Nigeria.
"The children looked like they might have been drowned at this time".
Police can not, at this time, say Pelima's immigration concerns were the motive for allegedly murdering the two little boys she was raising.
Victor Epelle, the father of the two children, is now behind bars after being removed from the home by federal authorities over his immigration status.
While court documents state the children were hers, Tracy said the older boy, Alex Epelle, 5, was not her biological son. It was not immediately clear what caused the gas leak.