The Florida Police Department is investigate the deaths of two five-year-olds after their mother jumped to her death from a bridge on Friday.
Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma said a motorist was driving across the Lake Jesup Bridge in Sanford around 9 a.m. when he saw a woman in a car slide through the passenger window and jump into the water below
Officers later pulled the lifeless body of 31-year-old Catorreia Hutto from the river, Lemma said.
When police went to the woman’s Alexander Avenue home, they said no one answered the door and forced their way inside. Inside, they discovered that their five-year-old twins, Ahmed and Ava Jackson, were also dead.
“Mom jumps off the bridge, commits something that is obviously suicide and looks like murder in this house,” Lemma continued.
A family friend provided WESH-TV with a photo of the mother and her children.
lemma said that police found a gun and bullets in the house, but the children were not shot.
“It doesn’t look like there was blunt trauma. It doesn’t look like they were victims of gunfire,” he said.
“So there would have to be a method of death that the coroner can explain to us through toxicology reports, but again there are no signs of trauma to the body,” Lemma added. “And the two officers who went in said it looked like two innocent five-year-olds were sleeping.”
WESH reported that Hutto received her home from the Seminole-Apopka Habitat for Humanity charity and moved in about a year before the incident. Lemma said there wasn’t much food or furniture in the house, which led her to believe the family was in financial trouble.
Police said Hutto had no history of violence but had suffered from mental health issues throughout her life.
Sanford is a city in central Florida with a population of approximately 61,000.
Here is a local news report about the horrific incident:
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