Lauderhill, Florida: On Tuesday, June 22, police recovered the bodies of two sisters from a canal over a span of several hours. It was not until yesterday that their mother, 36-year-old Tinessa Hogan was arrested and charged with two counts of murder in the first degree.
According to multiple outlets, Hogan had been receiving treatment in a local hospital under the Baker Act since shortly after the discovery of the first girl's body. She was described as shouting Bible passages, claiming one moment that she as god and the next that she was the devil according to the Sun Sentinel, citing neighbors in the area.
Neighbors additionally told the Sun Sentinel that a woman, believed to be Hogan, was seen carrying a sign through the neighborhood shortly before the discovery of the first body that read, "Death is the only way."
During a press conference Lauderhill Police Lt. Mike Bigwood confirmed that investigators had received information about a woman seen swimming in the canal with a Bible the day before offering baptisms to people in the community.
Another neighbor, identified as Lawana Johnson, spoke with CBS relayed a similar account. "She was in the water swimming," Johnson told them. "She had a Bible and she told me to come here. I said, 'Why?' She said she wanted to baptize me. She say God told her, I say 'God didn't tell you anything'."
The official cause and manner of death of the girls, 9-year-old Destiny Hogan and 7-year-old Daysha Hogan has not yet been released by investigators.
A search of Broward County Court records did not reveal when she is due in court or if an attorney has been appointed to represent her.
If convicted, Hogan could potentially face the death penalty, or life in prison without the possibility of parole.