HOUSTON — A Houston mother has been charged with capital murder after allegedly confessing to drowning her two children in the bathtub by forcibly holding their heads underwater.
Details of the children's deaths were made public Monday in a probable cause affidavit read in court.
According to the affidavit, 30-year-old Sheborah Latrice Thomas picked up her two children from daycare on Friday, fed them and then prepared a bath for them.
Authorities say Thomas first called her 5-year-old daughter into the bathroom and held her head under the water until she died. She placed the girl's body in a bedroom and then called her 7-year-old son into the bathroom, according to the affidavit.
When Thomas tried to force the boy's head underwater he began to struggle, but she continued to hold him down until he died, according to the affidavit.
She later allegedly told investigators that she drowned the children in a bathtub on Friday, wrapped them in bed sheets and placed them in a trash can behind her home. Thomas then reportedly attempted to dig a hole to place the bodies in, but could not create a big enough space. She eventually moved the bodies under the neighboring house, authorities say.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Thomas has some minor criminal offenses. She pleaded guilty to failing to identify herself to a peace officer in 2011, pleaded guilty to two charges of misdemeanor theft in 2010 and was placed on probation for misdemeanor theft in 2009.