Mother accused of killing six-week-old twins tells cops ‘I just gave up and stopped caring.’


New York, New York:  Officers and emergency medical services were called to a New York City Housing Authority apartment on Thursday afternoon just after 3:00 pm in order to preform a welfare check.


The first to arrive on scene were the emergency medical services who inquired about six-week-old twins. The mother, 23-year-old Danezja Kilpatrick reportedly answered saying, "I didn't want them anymore. They're dead," and directed them to a bassinette in a bedroom. Covered by a blanket, Dallis Bentley was found lying face down with a knife protruding from the back of his neck.


Officers asked about the second child, and Kilpatrick pointed to the kitchen sink. Under the sink, officers found Dakota Bentley wrapped in a pink blanket inside of a plastic bag. She had no obvious signs of physical trauma.


Both children were pronounced dead at the scene and the results of an autopsy are pending.


During a police interview, Kilpatrick is reported to have told officers "The babies 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 told officers that she had initially mixed Pine-Sol into their bottles of milk, but when that did not kill them, she placed Dakota in the tub and ran hot water over her back until she stopped crying.


She then placed Dallis in the bassinet and stabbed him before covering him with the blanket.


While the bodies of the infants were discovered on Thursday, investigators believe that the killing could have taken place as early as Monday.


Kilpatrick's older sister disputed statements her sister made concerning having no support in raising the twins.


Quanteya Kilpatrick told the New York Post that she would regularly travel from Yonkers to help out and that despite knowing her sister dealt with mental illness, she never suspected this could happen.


"She loved them," Quanteya said. "She never gave me a feeling that she didn't. She always suffered from [mental illness] but I never saw her struggle with it while the babies were there."


She recalled going to the apartment earlier in the day on Thursday and initially being locked out by Kilpatrick. "As soon as I walked in I knew something was off," she said. "Something was giving me bad vibes... There were no baby clothes, no baby bottles. She told me the babies were with their father."


Kilpatrick has been charged with two counts each of first-degree and second-degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child. She has additionally been charged with criminal possession of a weapon.


Kilpatrick is due back in court on May 21 and she faces the possibility of life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.



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