CHEVERLY – Police arrested a 24-year-old woman and charged her with suffocating her two young children on Sunday. The mother, Sonya Spoon of 6200 block of Forest Road, is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault. “For reasons that are still unclear, we believe she killed her children,” said Lt. […]
CHEVERLY – Police arrested a 24-year-old woman and charged her with suffocating her two young children on Sunday.
The mother, Sonya Spoon of 6200 block of Forest Road, is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault.
“For reasons that are still unclear, we believe she killed her children,” said Lt. Bill Alexander, assistant commander of media relations.
Evidence supports the theory the children were suffocated in the home, said Maj. Cesar Pacheco, commander of criminal investigation division.
According to police, Sonya’s mother, Paivi Spoon, called police after Sonya woke her up and told her she killed the children.
Paivi Spoon found the children with plastic bags and duct tape around their faces and heads, according to charging documents. She then removed the bags and tape and tried to administer CPR to one-year-old Ayden Spoon and three-year-old Kayla Thompson.
Police responded to the call around 2:15 a.m. Sunday. “Both victims were found in distress and had significant difficulty breathing,” Pacheco said. “While at the scene, officers located evidence of foul play that was readily apparent through the home.”
The children were rushed to Children’s Hospital in Washington D.C., where they died, Pacheco said.
Police took Sonya Spoon into custody and questioned her, according to charging documents. During questioning Sonya admitted to killing the children.
According to county police, Cheverly police had responded to the residence one week before the children’s deaths and taken Sonya in for a psychiatric evaluation.
Sgt. Jarod Towers of the Cheverly police said Paivi Spoon called police last Monday when Sonya threatened to kill her daughter and commit suicide.
Cheverly police detained Sonya and took her to the Prince George’s Hospital Center for an emergency psychiatric evaluation, Towers said, but the results of the evaluation and how long she stayed at the hospital are unknown.
Towers said police did everything they could at the time Sonya initially threatened to take her own life and the life of her child. The department, he said, could not press criminal charges on someone who threatens to take their own life.
“The police did everything legally in their power to prevent the death of the children,” Towers said.
“The Cheverly Police Department offers our condolences to the family, in reference to the Cheverly murders,” department officials said on Twitter.
County police do not have a record of any psychiatric evaluations of Sonya Spoon, Pacheco said, and the investigation is ongoing as police continue to search for a motive for the killings.
Spoon is currently being held without bond at the Department of Corrections.