Liberian Immigrant Makes “Matter-of-Fact” Confession of Savage Murder of Her Infant and Five-Year-Old
Kula Pelima, a native of Liberia, drowned her infant son and his five-year-old half-brother in a bathtub.
According to a Delaware police chief, Pelima, who has lived in the US for two decades, committed the heinous act after she called police fearing her visa had lapsed.
She dialed 911 around 3.45am on Monday, after which an officer visited her home, telling her that local authorities would not arrest her, Wilmington police chief, Robert Tracy, explained during a news conference on Tuesday.
According to Tracy, the officer who visited the home saw the older child alive and well during the visit before he gave Pelima an immigration hotline number to call.
Around four hours later, Pelima, 30, called the police again, this time to admit she drowned her four-month-old son and his half-brother.
According to court papers obtained by FOX 29, Pelima told police she had dropped her baby in the bathtub, turned the water on and left him lying on his back. She then proceeded to physically assault the five-year-old, dragging him to the bathroom to hold his head under the water until he drowned.
“She was pretty matter of fact about [the] admission that the two children were dead. Our officers discovered them in the back bathtub,” Tracy said.
She was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and was being held on $ 2 million bond. It is currently unclear whether she is being represented by a lawyer.
Tracy explained there was a strong odor of gas in the apartment, the source of which seemingly came from the stove. It was not immediately clear if the stove had been turned on intentionally.
“There’s no way of knowing what could have led to the deaths of these children,” Tracy said.
“She was concerned about her immigration status,” he continued. “She’s a Liberian immigrant that came to the country in 1997, and she was worried about what could happen to her because her boyfriend … [the father of both boys] was picked up also by the feds on some immigration issues on Oct. 6.”
The father of both boys Victor Epelle, 38, is a native of Nigeria and was taken into custody on 14 September by immigration authorities in Pennsylvania. According to Tracy, Pelima and Epelle were a couple and lived together in Wilmington.
Epelle was in the country legally but had violated the terms of his status, according to ICE.
There is currently no further information on the couple’s immigration status, although ICE confirmed Pelima was a permanent resident with no criminal convictions.
Featured Image Via WILMINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
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