Houston mother who drowned her two children, ages 5 and 7, in 2016
pleaded guilty to two counts of murder on Monday in exchange for 40
years in prison, Harris County
District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.
mother knew what she was doing, she knew it was wrong, and we vowed to
seek justice for these two children,” Ogg said. “This plea agreement
means that family members
will not have to testify and this woman cannot appeal her conviction or
Latrice Thomas drowned her daughter, 5-year-old Kayiana Thomas, in the
bathtub of the family’s home in the 3000 block of Tierwester in
southeast Houston on Aug.
12, 2016. She put her daughter’s body on a bed, then called her
7-year-old son, Araylon “Ray Ray” Thomas, to the bathroom and drowned
day later, she put the children’s bodies into a trashcan behind the
house and went to her job and tried to get her paycheck early.
to leave town, she tried to dig a hole for the bodies, but when she
couldn’t dig a hole large enough, she rolled the bodies under a
started packing up her house and throwing things away. She told a
friend that she had drowned the children and had to leave town, but he
thought it was a joke. When
he realized she was not joking, he asked more questions and she
apparently showed him where the bodies could be found. He then contacted
Assistant District Attorneys James O’Donnell and Sarah Moss prosecuted the case.
“Justice means that Sheborah Thomas is being held responsible for taking these children’s lives,” O’Donnell said.
Moss agreed. “It gives the family closure, and the children can finally be at rest.”