Mother Accused Of Killing Her Sons, Ages 1 And 2, Then Putting Them In An Oven Pleads Not Guilty

Mother Accused Of Killing Her Sons, Ages 1 And 2, Then Putting Them In An Oven Pleads Not Guilty

Prosecutors say Lamora Williams burned her children to hide their cause of death.

Published March 20, 2018

A young mother in Atlanta pleaded guilty to killing her two young sons and putting them in an oven last October.  

Lamora Williams, 24, faces 14 charges in connection with the killing of 2-year-old Ke’Younte Penn and 1-year-old Ja’Karter. Prosecutors believe Williams tried to cover up the cause of death by putting the boys in the oven, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

According to autopsy reports, Williams’ sons were found dead with their heads in an oven. Although the medical examiner could not determine the exact manner of homicide — saying the death was caused by “violence of unclear etiology”— reports show strangulation was not ruled out.

In February, a Fulton County grand jury indicted Williams on charges that included murder, aggravated assault and concealing a death.

Williams’ 3-year-old son, Jameel, was home at the time of his brothers’ murders, yet he remained unharmed. Jameel’s presence during the killings resulted in Williams also being indicted on three charges of cruelty to children. Williams’ eldest child, a 6-year-old girl, was safe with relatives on the night of the incident.

At the time of her arrest, Williams' family members told The AJC that the mother of four was overwhelmed by the amount of young children she had with little childcare help. Her sister and mother said they believe Williams suffered from undiagnosed mental health issues, which ultimately led to a breakdown.

Williams remained late Monday in the Fulton jail, where she has been held without bond.

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)


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