Houston mother charged with drowning 2 children in bathtub

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HOUSTON — Authorities say a Houston mother charged with capital murder of her two children drowned them in her home’s bathtub by forcibly holding their heads underwater.

Details of the children’s deaths were made public Monday in a probable cause affidavit read in court.

According to the affidavit, 30-year-old Sheborah Latrice Thomas picked up her two children from daycare on Friday, fed them and then prepared a bath for them.

Authorities say Thomas first called her 5-year-old daughter into the bathroom and held her head under the surface until she died. She placed the girl’s body in a bedroom and then called her 7-year-old son into the bathroom, according to the affidavit.

When Thomas tried to force the boy’s head underwater he began to struggle, but she continued to hold him down until he died, according to the affidavit.

Thomas was not in court for the reading of the affidavit.

Thomas told investigators she drowned the boy and girl in a bathtub Friday, wrapped them in sheets and put their bodies in a trash can near her house. She then tried to dig a hole but couldn’t make it deep enough, so she moved the bodies of her 7-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter under a neighbor’s house.

Houston police say Thomas also has a 12-year-old son, but he was with his father.

Houston police spokesman Kese Smith says investigators have not determined a motive. Smith says all indications are that Thomas acted alone.