Mother accused of killing her two sons offers pathetic excuse: ‘It was an accident’

After her two young boys were each fatally shot in the head, the accused Kentucky mom told the authorities “it was an accident” as officers pointed to “evil.”

(Video: WHAS11)

Tuesday, 32-year-old Tiffanie Lucas appeared in a Bullitt County courtroom nearly one week after the Nov. 8 deaths of nine-year-old Jayden Howard and six-year-old Maurice “Peanut” Baker Jr. It was there that Bullitt County Detective Richard Beahl described the exchange he had with the suspect where, among other things, she expressed, “I’m so stupid” and “I would never do anything like this unless someone manipulated me.”

Facing two counts of murder, Lucas was said to have run outside her Shepherdsville, Kentucky home where she collapsed in a neighbor’s driveway after allegedly firing four shots, fatally wounding the boys. According to the criminal complaint, “Deputies arrived to the location and was [sic] advised by the caller that there were two victims in the bedroom who were covered in blood and a gun was on the bed.”

During testimony, Beahl described his three-hour interview at the sheriff’s office and said, “I asked Ms. Lucas if she meant to hurt her children. She indicated that it was an accident.”

The sheriff’s office indicated that the boys had been transported to nearby Norton Children’s Hospital where, within four hours of the incident, they were confirmed deceased.

The victims “were shot in an area that would not be survivable by anyone,” explained Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Col. Alex Payne to Law&Crime’s “Sidebar” podcast.

“They were alive, to the best of our knowledge, when they were transported by EMS to the hospital and passed away at the hospital,” Payne continued before adding, “I can tell you now, in my 40-plus years of being in this line of work, there are three things that I’ve seen. And it can be these things individually or can be these things in combination.”

“You can have an individual who is suffering from some type of mental illness; you can have an individuals how has some type of substance abuse problem; or that individual can simply be just that evil,” he contended. “Or it can be a combination of those things. I haven’t seen any other outliers other than those three. And so right now, I guess it’s anybody’s guess as to what which one of those she covers.”

During a press conference, Baker’s stepmother, Michelle Rice, and his aunt, Bobbie Baker, spoke with the press where the aunt asked, “How do you accidentally shoot a kid two times and then shoot their brother? How do you do that? It’s no accident.”

Rice added, “We’re not accepting that. It’s not mental illness, she knew what she did.”

While Lucas was held on a $2 million cash bond, the community reportedly held a vigil for the boys Sunday at Little Flock Baptist Church in Shepherdsville after a memorial had been set in their honor that included balloons, candles and stuffed animals outside their home.

While Lucas’ criminal history included prior arrests for drug possession and speeding, the boys’ adult brother Durrell Howard told WLKY that child protective services had been contacted by members of the family over the years about the suspect.

“We wanted them. We would have taken them with open arms,” he said. “We loved them so much. I should have done more. If it came to me snatching the boys out of the house, I should have, and I will hold that on my back for the rest of my life — for both them boys.”


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