New Jersey mom is arrested for murder after the bodies of her daughter, 7, and 10-month-old baby boy were found in the back of her car
- Yuhwei Chou, 36, of Skillman, New Jersey has been charged with the murder of her two young children
- Chou was arrested on Tuesday morning after her car was found in a ditch, with the two dead children bound and restrained in their car seats in the back
- Somerset County prosecutors concluded that Chou had killed the two children but have not said why they came to that conclusion or how they died
- Chou is being held in Somerset County jail following a medical evaluation
Two children were found dead in a car in a ditch off a New Jersey road – with their young bodies tied up in the back seat – in what officials say was a heinous murder committed by their mother.
Yuhwei Chou, 36, of Skillman, New Jersey, was charged with murder for the deaths of Samantha Ross, aged seven, and 10-month-old Paul Ross, after cops ‘observed that the children were bound and restrained,’ according to the Somerset County prosecutor’s office.
The family’s car was found beside a road by a tow-truck driver, who happened to be passing by on the rural road shortly before 8am on Tuesday.
The tow truck driver’s father, Robert Long, told CBS that his son called him in a frantic state, having found the mother and two dead children near Mountain View Road, about 50 miles east of Newark.
‘He was shook up,’ Long said.
‘He said he found a lady in the ditch and said he asked her if she was all right and she said no, I think. And then he seen the babies and then he called the cops right away.’
Yuhwei Chou, 36, of Skillman, New Jersey, has been charged with murder after her two children – Samantha Ross, seven, and 10-month-old Paul Ross – were found dead in their car seats in her car
Robert Long (pictured) told CBS New York that his son, a tow truck driver, found the mother and two dead children
Michael Robertson, prosecutor for Somerset County, said that they had concluded Chou caused the deaths of her children and she had been charged with murder
Cops found Chou with the vehicle, and her two children secured in a booster seat and a baby seat in the back.
Their cause of death has not been declared.
The mother’s condition was not revealed.
Long said he was shocked at being told the mother had killed her children.
‘That’s just sick. I don’t know how you do that,’ Long said.
Michael Robertson, prosecutor for Somerset County, said Chou has been charged with two counts of murder, and is being held at Somerset County jail.
In a statement, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office said: ‘Prosecutor Robertson stated that the investigation has revealed that Yuhwei Chou caused the deaths of her two children Samantha and Paul.
‘The circumstances leading to the events which caused the deaths of the two children are under investigation by authorities.
‘No motive has been released. An autopsy for the cause and manner of death will be performed by the Medical Examiner’s Office.’
Chou is currently being held at Somerset County jail (pictured)