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Lamora Williams puts her two young sons in the oven to cook them. Family members say that a tragedy could have been stopped if the state of Georgia had done something.
Lamora Williams, an Atlanta mother who is 24 years old, was arrested after she allegedly cooked her one-year-old and two-year-old sons to death in an oven. She then showed their father on a video call what had happened.
Police say that Williams put Ke’Younte Penn, age 2, and Ja’Karter Williams, age 1, in the oven between midnight on Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution said that an arrest warrant for the single mother of four said that Williams killed the children by putting them in an oven and turning it on.
After an autopsy, the official cause of death will be known.
Police say that after Williams “cooked” the two boys, he called the boys’ father, Jameel Penn, on Friday night to show him live video of the crime scene. The video showed the burned children lying on the floor, which made Penn call 911.
During a Saturday vigil, she told Lanora’s father, who she was no longer close to, “I ain’t got no soul no more.”
‘Ja’karter, Keyante, my world, my everything. I’m lost.’
“It was just like a scary movie. The father told a wsbtv that it was Friday the 13th. “When I saw my baby and how I saw my son, I realised what was happening.”
The toddler’s 3-year-old brother was also in the house at the time, but he was not hurt. Jameel Penn Jr. said that he had seen his mother kill his brothers.
Lamona Williams’ family says that Georgia State ignored their requests for help.
AP said that police said it was clear that the children were hurt, including burns. A neighbour shared a picture of police taking the whole oven out of the apartment as a big piece of evidence.
People think that Lamona quit her job days before the double murder because she couldn’t find a babysitter and told her friends she’d “had enough.”
Williams was arrested on Saturday and charged with felony murder and felony child cruelty. She is being held in Fulton County jail without bond. Williams told police that she had left the kids with a babysitter and found them dead when she got home late on Friday.
Relatives have since said that Williams has a mental disorder that hasn’t been diagnosed. Brenda Williams, Williams’ mother, told wsbtv that her daughter has had problems with her mental health “her whole life.”
Tabitha Hollingsworth, Williams’ sister, said that the family had worried that “this could be something that could happen.”
She’s had issues ever since she was a youngster, I might add. Things that my mom tried to talk to the state of Georgia about.
Police say that Williams’ 6-year-old daughter was sent to stay with family.
It wasn’t clear how the mother, who was off her rocker, still had custody of her three young children.
In 2014, Lamora’s mental health quickly got worse after the death of her father, a miscarriage, and the departure of the father of her three sons.
Brenda Williams was worried about the well-being of her grandchildren and called Child Services over three years ago, but “nothing was done,” she said.
The grandmother said that her daughter’s ex-boyfriend, the boy’s father, had given her “some help,” but that “it wasn’t enough.” Lamora’s sister said that the mother has had mental health problems for most of her life, and that they have been getting worse in recent years. Even though people tried to get Lamora medical help, she refused. She didn’t believe she had a mental health problem and wouldn’t even open her door for family members when they knocked.
Williams was meant to go to court for the first time on Monday, but she didn’t show up.