Liberian Woman Accused Of Drowning Her Children For Fear Of Deportation Arrested In U.S.

Police investigate the scene

Police Chief Bob Tracy said the children are both boys, one about 5 years old and the other a months-old infant.

A Liberia native living in Delaware has been accused of drowning her own sons after cops say she became fearful she’d be deported. Pelima is a Liberian immigrant who came to the 1997.

The Wilmington police chief said Tuesday that Kula Pelima, who’s lived in the USA for the last 20 years, first called 911 before dawn Monday and said she feared her visa had elapsed. “Our officer responded and let her know that we were not looking to arrest her”.

After police visited her home to reassure her that she was in no danger, as she entered the United States legally and has no criminal convictions, she drowned her children, four-month-old Solomon Epelle, and five-year-old Alex Epelle.

Authorities say Pelima drowned the two boys. ‘But it’s not anything that we would think that actually give any forecasting that something like this would actually happen‘.

Authorities arrested the suspect, whose name hasn’t been released, and charged her with two counts of murder. It is unclear Wednesday whether she has retained an attorney.

Arriving officers were able to determine that the children were deceased but were forced out of the home by a strong odor of gas. It wasn’t clear if the gas stove had been turned on intentionally, the chief said.

“She’s a Liberian immigrant that came to the country in 1997, and she was anxious about what could happen to her because her boyfriend (and father of both the boys) was picked up also by the feds on some immigration issues on October 6”.

Epelle was also in the USA legally but had violated the terms of his status, it was reported. It was not immediately clear what caused the gas leak. Officers said after that call they rushed to the home and as they were going through the apartment they discovered the children’s bodies in the bathtub.

Nonetheless, “She was concerned about her immigration status”, he told reporters.


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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, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.