BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A 30-year-old Brevard County mother faces life in prison or death for strangling and bludgeoning her newborn twins. Court records reveal that the woman told the authorities that one of the newborns was stillborn, coming out “blue and not breathing.”
Brevard County Mother Claimed She Didn’t Know About the Pregnancy
On Tuesday, the Brevard County deputies arrested 30-year-old Rachel Lynn Thomas and charged her with multiple counts including first-degree murder, attempted murder, child endangerment, and tampering with evidence after the authorities discovered dead newborn twins at the woman’s home.
Based on Thomas’s testimony, on Tuesday morning, just after 9 a.m., the Brevard County mother left work, claiming she was feeling unwell. Thomas got home and rested on the couch as she had heartburns.
The woman told the authorities that she later went to the bathroom where she gave birth to the twin. Allegedly, the suspect used a pair of scissors to cut the umbilical cord, which she later placed in a cloth before cleaning the mess.
Thomas also claimed that one of the newborns had a blueish color and was neither breathing nor crying after birth. The authorities confirmed that the newborn found at the woman’s home was unresponsive and was later declared dead at the hospital.
Later that day, the newborn’s autopsy revealed that the child did not die of natural causes, its body presenting visible signs of blunt trauma. The Brevard County mother was taken into custody and charged.
A search of the premises revealed that the woman disposed of the second twin’s body right after birth, tossing the body into a nearby trashcan.
Whereas Thomas said she panicked after seeing the stillborn children, the autopsies revealed that the woman butchered her children. One of the babies was hit in the head with a blunt object and another one strangulated with the umbilical cord. The medical examiner found a foreign object lodged in one the infants’ throat.
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