U.S. Based Liberian Woman Who Feared Deportation Allegedly Drowned Her Young Sons Arrested

Kula Pelima

A Liberia native living in Delaware has been accused of drowning her own sons after cops say she became fearful she’d be deported.

The Wilmington police chief said Tuesday that Kula Pelima, who’s lived in the U.S. for the last 20 years, first called 911 before dawn Monday and said she feared her visa had elapsed.

Authorities were dispatched to her home, where they told her she was not going to be arrested. Chief Robert Tracy said at a news conference that police reported seeing Pelima’s 5-year-old son alive.

Pelima called 911 again hours later and allegedly said she had drowned her sons, 4-month-old Solomon Epelle and 5-year-old Alex Epelle.

Authorities have yet to determine what made Pelima, who is a permanent resident, believe she was going to be removed from the country.

Victor Epelle, 38, her Nigerian national boyfriend and the father of the children, was in jail at the time of their deaths for allegedly violating the terms of his U.S. residency.

He was released Monday on humanitarian grounds following the death of his sons.

Pelima had no prior criminal convictions.

The 30-year-old was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and was being held on $2 million bond.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists.