Illegal immigrant confesses to drowning her three-month-old son and his five-year-old brother in a bathtub because she was worried about deportation
I don’t think anyone could dispute the fact that it is understandable that someone would want to come to the United States, especially if they live in a war-ravaged or dangerous country.
For them, America is a beacon of freedom, hope, and opportunity — and so many people risk everything to move here, with some doing so illegally. And this then means that they are desperate to avoid deportation. But one mother took that desperation way too far.
- Kula Pelima, 30, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder
- She is a Liberian immigrant who came to the US illegally in 1997
- She called police early Tuesday morning to confess to drowning her two sons
- Court documents describe the horrific details of the boys’ death
- Pelima is being held on $2million bond at a Wilmington, Delaware, jail
30-year-old Kula Pelima is a Liberian immigrant who came to the United States in 1997, who has been living in Delaware. Pelima did not immigrate here legally, however. And when she thought that she might be discovered, she took drastic action.
Pelima was the biological mother to Solomon, a three-month-old baby, and stepmother to Alex, who was five. Her boyfriend, Victor Epelle, is father to both boys. Earlier this month, Epelle, who is a Nigerian national, was arrested by ICE agents and is currently imprisoned in Pennsylvania. This led Pelima to fear that she would be deported. And for unimaginable reasons, she chose to kill the two boys because of that fear.
The day of the murders, she called police at 3:46am, telling them she was scared she would be deported because her visa had lapsed. Police came to her home and reassured her that she was safe, and that no one was coming for her. They saw Alex, who was awake and safe at the time.
But then, just five hours later, she called police back and confessed to drowning both of her sons. She told police when they arrived that they could find the boys upstairs in the bathroom, and then explained exactly how she killed them. Pelima said that she first took Solomon and dropped him into the bathtub, plugged the drain, and then turned the water on. She then assaulted Alex, took him into the same bathtub, and held him under water until he stopped moving.
One of her neighbors was dismayed to hear of what had happened. “She seemed like a happy parent,” Aunjea Daniels said. “She was usually uplifting. She seemed happy and her children were well-groomed. I would have never thought she would do something like this.”
This happened just a month short of the boy’s sixth birthday.
Neighbor Aunjea Daniels, 25, told Delmarva Now she often saw the woman and her children outside their home.
‘She seemed like a happy parent,’ she said. ‘She was usually uplifting. She seemed happy and her children were well-groomed. I would have never thought she would do something like this.’
According to Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy, Pelima did it because of the lapsed visa, saying, “She was concerned about her immigration status.” Pelima’s bond was set at $2 million, and she is currently being held at the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution. She has been charged with first degree murder of both boys.
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