A Florida mother has been charged with beating her newborn twins to death and throwing one of them in a trash can after she initially told police she had given birth on the toilet.
Rachael Lynn Thomas, 30, was arrested after police found the two babies unresponsive in her home in West Melbourne, Florida on Sunday.
Thomas, who also has two other children, had told police she didn’t even know she was pregnant when she claimed to have given birth while on the toilet.
Police said they responded to a 911 call on Sunday at the home and found the newborn boy unresponsive.
Rachael Lynn Thomas, 30, was charged with murder and child abuse after police found her newborn twins unresponsive in her home in West Melbourne, Florida on Sunday
The baby boy was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police said they only found the baby girl’s body dumped in a trash can when they returned to the home to start an investigation.
Investigators said Thomas never mentioned the baby girl to them when they were first called to the home.
Police said Thomas’ story of giving birth on the toilet did not match the injuries sustained by the newborns.
Both babies suffered severe blunt force trauma to their heads, according to the medical examiner.
The umbilical cord was also wrapped around the girl’s neck and a foreign object was found lodged in her throat.
Thomas had initially told police she didn’t even know she was pregnant when she claimed to have given birth while on the toilet at her home in West Melbourne on Sunday
‘After discarding her in the trash can, Thomas threw additional trash on top of Baby Jane in an attempt to conceal her,’ police said.
Both babies are believed to have been carried a full 39 week term.
Police said Thomas gave birth to ‘healthy twins’ and then ‘took their lives’.
Thomas has been charged with one count of premeditated first degree murder, two counts of felony murder and two counts of aggravated child abuse.
Her two other children, and eight-year-old boy and one-year-old boy, have both been placed in the care of other family members by the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Thomas is being held in the Brevard County Jail on a no bond status.