Thursday, September 15 2011 7:31 PM EDT2011-09-15 23:31:35 GMT
Police said a Hendersonville mother has admitted to killing her twin newborn boys by suffocating them after they were born at her home so her parents wouldn't hear them crying.more>>
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – Police have charged a Hendersonville mother in the deaths of her two newborn sons.
25-year-old Lindsey Lowe was arrested on Wednesday and charged with two counts of first degree murder.
Police were called out to a home on Park Circle around 9 a.m. by Lowe's father.
A young mom who lives on the same street couldn't believe what unfolded as paramedics, officers then crime scene units flooded her usually quiet cul-de-sac.
"You never would have thought that would happen 2 houses down," said one 23-year-old mom, Ashley.
The father, who reportedly didn't know his daughter was pregnant, found a newborn baby in her bedroom, apparently hidden and lifeless.
"A child was found deceased in a part of the bedroom that you wouldn't normally find a child and that certainly was suspicious in and of itself," said Lt. Scott Ryan.
But when officers arrived they made a second shocking discovery: the newborn boy was a twin and a second deceased baby was found near the first.
Police said the deaths were immediately deemed suspicious due to the location of the infant and absence of the mother.
Police located Lowe. She was taken to the police department where she was cooperative but "distraught and saddened" during her interview with investigators. She is currently undergoing medical evaluation.
Police believe the two newborn boys had been in their mother's bedroom since Monday.
"I wanted throw up. I was seriously nauseated to my stomach, I have a baby, I love her. I'd do anything for her. to know that somebody couldn't take the time to love a child and would do something like that just tears me apart ," said a neighbor.
Police said it's still unclear why the Western Kentucky student would kill her own twins. After reviewing the evidence and interviewing Lowe, they felt it was no accident.
Police said it's a crime that may never make sense and one they'll likely never forget.
"Will always remember this day and the events. It's very sad our heart goes out to the mother the rest of her family and to those children who didn't have a chance at life," added Ryan.
Police would not speculate on how the infants died, but said there were no signs of trauma or abuse. However, they did have enough information to arrest and charge her.
Police said aspects of the investigation are pending further scientific examination, including the identity of the babies' father.
Both of the infants' bodies were transported to the Medical Examiner's office for autopsy.
Neighbors tell us the Lowe family was very close, very spiritual and involved in the church. One of the very first people to arrive on scene was their pastor.