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Long Island Mother Says She Killed Her Twin Toddlers With Her Own Hands

Tenia Campbell, of Medford, faces charges of second-degree murder for allegedly killing her twins

What to Know

  • A Long Island mother has been indicted on murder charges for allegedly killing her 2-year-old twin daughters, police said
  • Police found the woman in her car at a Montauk park June 27; her daughters were in cardiac arrest and pronounced dead at hospital
  • The 24-year-old mother said in court Wednesday that she killed the girls with her own hands; her attorney asked for a psychiatric evaluation

The Long Island mother accused of murdering her 2-year-old twin daughters last month in a county park said in court Wednesday that she killed the girls with her own hands. Her attorney has asked for a psychiatric exam. 

Tenia Campbell, 24, faces two counts of second-degree murder in the late June deaths of her twins, Jasmine and Jaida. Authorities said the girls died of asphyxiation; their bodies were still in their car seats when they were found.  

Police were alerted to the tragic story when Tenia Campbell's mother called police on June 27, saying that her daughter threatened to kill her self and her toddlers. The 911 call led investigators on a desparate search for them because Campbell's mother refused to give up their location.

A call between Campbell's mother, police and Campbell herself was initiated and lasted nearly 12 minutes, but the time they were able to triangulate Campbell's location — at the entrance to Montauk County Park — it was too late.

Campbell had walked to the nearby highway and greeted responding officers with demands to "shoot her," police officials said. Her twin toddlers were found in their car seats in Campbell's  minivan, which was pulled over on the side of a park entrance road under a sprawling tree.

Both were in cardiac arrest -- and pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later. 

If convicted of both second-degree murder counts, Campbell faces a maximum sentence of life in prison with no parole. She also has a 4-year-old son, who was found unharmed at a separate location amid the intense search for his sisters.

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