Suffolk mom charged in death of twin 2-year-old daughters

Samantha Liebman
June 28, 2019 - 11:25 am

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Medford resident Tenia Campbell has been charged with the murder of her twin two-year-old daughters, who were found in her car and subsequently declared dead, authorities said.

Campbell made her first court apperance Friday morning, where she was silent.

She's been charged with two counts of second degree murder and was remanded.

Police had received a 911 call from Campbell's mother, claiming that Campbell was possibly suicidal, at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday Suffolk County Police said.

Campbell had led her mother to believe that the children were already deceased.

After an extensive search that spanned area from Medford to Montauk, the vehicle with the woman and her children was found at a park in Montauk.

Whhen they finally located her, Campbell screamed at them to shoot her, authorities said.

The twins were in the family van.

Suffolk Police Commssioner Gerry Hart said, "Tania had parked her car in the entrance of the park, walked to Montauk Highway, and started screaming at responding officers to shoot her."

The children were in cardiac arrest and were transported to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The children’s mother was taken into custody at the scene.

"What happened yesterday is incomprehensible to us. As the father of three young kids, it's unimaginable," said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

There is no word yet regarding motive.

Homicide Squad detectives are investigating.

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