A New York mother is behind bars after police say she caused the death of her two toddler children, who died minutes apart from each other.
PIX11 reports that 3-year-old Micha Gee and his 2-year-old sister, Olivia Gee, died in 2017. Police initially believed that both children died from asthma attacks. The children’s mother, Jade Spencer, 33, told authorities at the time that both children were having trouble breathing while inside her home off of Van Cortlandt Park South in the Bronx.
The children were subsequently rushed to the hospital where they passed away within three minutes of each other.
The Administration for Children’s Services and the NYPD investigated the incident afterward. Earlier this week, authorities announced that Spencer had been found at her new home in New Jersey, and arrested on manslaughter charges police revealed that the children actually died from blunt force trauma to their torsos.
It’s unclear why it took two years to charge someone with the children’s death. Investigators also haven’t released a motive.
According to the outlet, friends described the children and family as “picture perfect.”
New York Daily News reports that Spencer’s boyfriend, Novell Jordon, told police he saw Spencer at the family’s apartment on July 9, 2017, a day before the children died. The man reportedly claimed they watched television before going to bed at around 11:30 p.m. that night.
Jordon told police that Spencer, a nurse practitioner, checked on the children at around 1 a.m. that morning and found them both in distress.
Spencer, who reportedly said both children have asthma, gave them Albuterol, then contacted 911, according to her statement to police.
Spencer was apparently admitted to the psychiatric unit at Montefiore Hospital for a short period of time afterward. Her boyfriend retained a lawyer. Authorities have not specified whether Jordon, who was reportedly involved with the Bloods street gang, is considered a suspect.
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[Feature Photo: Olivia and Micah Gee/Facebook]