An Arkansas mother has been arrested on two felony counts of abuse of a corpse after her stillborn twins were found abandoned in a suitcase last month.
Keysheonna Reed, 24, was arrested by the Cross County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, reported WREG. A report from the Arkansas State Crime Lab confirmed the babies were a male and female, approximately 32 to 34 weeks old and were born deceased.
Reed’s family spoke with reporters and revealed they had no idea the mother of three was pregnant with twins.
"No one knew that she was pregnant, and if I did, I would have encouraged her to go to the doctor," said Reed's grandmother Lillie Sanders told WREG.
According to authorities, a pedestrian found the infants in a purple suitcase near a ditch along a road on February 16. After investigators identified the owner of the suitcase, they were able to track down Reed.
Marrissa Toliver, who attended high school with Reed, said she spoke to her friend right around the time the stillborn twins were discovered.
“I didn’t know it was gonna be her, I was hoping it weren’t somebody that I knew, but, you know, things happen," Toliver said.
No illegal substances were found in the babies' system.
Sanders urged people not to pass judgment on her granddaughter, who she described as a devoted mother.
“Keysheonna is a loving mother to her kids. Everybody makes mistakes," Sanders said.
She later added, “God got the last say-so. So all you people that’s trying to judge my granddaughter, y’all don’t know nothing about her. Y’all don’t know what she was going through."
(Photo: Cross County Sheriff's Office)