Authorities in Georgia are investigating the deaths of a 25-year-old mother and her twin 10-month-old sons after they were pulled from a submerged vehicle last week.
Shaquia Philpot, 25, and her children, Caysen and Cassius Williams, were discovered in a 2010 Nissan Murano, officials told the Augusta Chronicle newspaper.
A police report suggested that it was a murder-suicide. Philpot was named as a suspect and her sons were named as the victims.
It’s not clear why Philpot allegedly drove her vehicle into Mayor’s Pond in Richmond County.
Their bodies were discovered by a fisherman, who alerted authorities, according to WRDW.
“When I found out it was her, I was stuck, and I didn’t believe it,” said Philpot’s stepbrother, Darius Coleman, in response to the incident. “To this day, I still don’t believe it.”
Coleman said he spoke to Philpot several days before their deaths.
As reported by WFXG, firefighters and EMS workers helped pull the car out of the water.
The three bodies will be sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation lab, where an autopsy will be performed, according to the Chronicle.
If you are in an emergency in the United States or Canada, please call 911. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255. Youth can call the Kids Help Phone on 1-800-668-6868.
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