A Queens mom charged with murdering her six-week-old twins had initially tried to kill them by feeding the infants poisoned milk and may have spent up to four days with their corpses, according to prosecutors.
Danezja Kilpatrick, 23, was arraigned on Saturday morning, two days after she was arrested for allegedly murdering baby son Dakota and daughter Dallas.
Police first found the infant boy inside a bedroom crib at Kilpatrick’s Woodside apartment with a blade still inside his skull.
When asked about the second child, the young mother indicated that the girl was under the sink, where police found her body wrapped in a pink blanket.
During Saturday’s arraignment, prosecutors revealed Kilpatrick, who is reportedly mentally ill, had confessed to police that she ‘didn’t want’ her babies ‘anymore’ and had originally tried poisoning them, The New York Daily News reported.
Danezja Kilpatrick, 23, pictured being escorted out of the 114th Precinct on Friday evening
The 23-year-old is being held on two counts of murder after her baby twins were found dead
Twins Dallas and Dakota Kilpatrick were found dead at their mom’s apartment
Reading from the mom’s chilling account, Queens Assistant District Attorney Adarna DeFrietas said Kilpatrick at first tried to kill the babies by mixing household cleaner Pine-Sol into their milk.
When that attempt was unsuccessful, she then put Dakota face down in the bathtub and ran scalding hot water over his back until he stopped crying, according to the paper.
Kilpatrick then allegedly killed Dallas by placing him in his bassinet where she plunged a knife into the back of his head. She then covered his body with a blanket.
The babies’ bodies were found on Thursday after Kilpatrick’s sister called the police and requested a wellness check at the apartment, however prosecutors now say it is possible the twins had died four days earlier.
After her arrest, Kilpatrick had reportedly complained to officers that the infants ‘wouldn’t let me sleep.’
‘I just gave up and stopped caring. I didn’t care about the babies, that’s why I poisoned them,’ she said, according to prosecutors.
She also allegedly told cops that she didn’t know the twins’ father and she had been trying to care for them on her own.
Kilpatrick’s sister had posted pictures of the babies when they were born in March
Police wheeled a gurney out of the housing complex; it’s unclear if both infants were wrapped in the black cover; their mother has been taken into custody
The New York City’s Medical Examiner unit rolled a gurney out of the apartment on Thursday afternoon after a grisly discovery of two infant twins were found in a housing complex
Kilpatrick’s sister, Quanteya, 39, however, disputed such claims, telling officers she had been going to visit her younger sibling to help her look after the infants, according to the Daily News.
On Friday night Kilpatrick was pictured in a white hazmat suit and blue surgical face mask as she was taken out of the NYPD’s 114th Precinct in Astoria.
She was seen giving a wide-eyed stare to cameras as she was taken to jail, less than 24 hours after her arrest.
Kilpatrick has been charged with two counts of murder, two counts of acting in a manner injurious to a child and one count of criminal possession of a weapon.
Pictures of the two babies have since emerged on social media.
Kilpatrick’s sister had posted a picture of the babies when they were born in March with the caption: ‘Huge congratulations to my Sister Danezja on her newborn twins Dallas and Dakota Kilpatrick. I’m so happy for her’.
A relative had requested a wellness check to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) building in Woodside after the 23-year-old mother gave evasive answers when asked about the babies’ whereabouts, according to a police source.
The Woodside Houses in Queens is a low-income community run by NYC’s Housing Authority
‘I do not want them,’ the young mother reportedly told arriving officers
‘I do not want them,’ she reportedly told arriving officers, according to the New York Daily News.
‘I can’t take it anymore,’ she told police, according to the Post.
An EMS paramedic pronounced both the both and the girl dead.
Police recovered a knife at the scene and brought Kilpatrick in for questioning.
The Administration for Children’s Services is also investigating the death of the twins.
Neighbors said the woman had just moved into the apartment last month, according to the Post.
‘I’m so sad. I’m shook. I’m heartbroken,’ Janelis Perez, 31, told the New York Post.
A neighbor said she hadn’t heard anything she considered suspicious.