- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 4, 2007

CLEVELAND (AP) — A woman accused of drowning her two daughters in a bathtub wept in court yesterday when a prosecutor noted the severity of the crimes and the girls’ ages in asking for the highest possible bond. The judge set it at $2 million.

Amber Hill, 22, who is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, bowed her head throughout the brief court hearing. Her face contorted and she cried when assistant city prosecutor Gayle Williams said: “The victims being 4 and 2 years of age represent perhaps the most vulnerable in our society. They deserved the right to be protected.”

Judge Lauren Moore set Miss Hill’s bond at $1 million for each child. Miss Hill did not speak or enter a plea at the hearing in Cleveland Municipal Court.

The judge suggested Miss Hill receive medical and psychological treatment after she is sent from the city jail to the county jail.

Her attorney, Kathy Demetz, told the judge that Miss Hill has no criminal record, is a student and is in medical and psychiatric need.

On Monday, Miss Hill called the girls’ father and told him that the children “are at peace,” police said, and he found them in the bathtub at their apartment home. A coroner ruled the deaths homicides.

Miss Hill had no documented history of neglecting the girls, but had been the victim of abuse by their father, Jamie Cintron, according to authorities and court records.

Police identified the girls as Jannelle Cintron, 4, and Cecess Hill, 2. The coroner’s office had different spellings of their first names, Janelle and Ceccies.

Mr. Cintron, 23, told WOIO-TV he knew something was wrong by the way Miss Hill sounded when she called him at work Monday.

“They was just innocent little girls,” Mr. Cintron said. “They was happy girls. All they wanted was love. That’s all I tried to give them is love, attention, tried to teach them. They loved daddy. They loved mommy. They loved everybody.”

Mr. Cintron pleaded no contest and was found guilty of domestic violence against Miss Hill in 2004 and 2006.

He served 26 days in jail and the rest of his six-month sentence for the 2006 case was suspended last year. He was placed on probation for 18 months, ordered to attend a domestic violence counseling program and ordered to have no contact with Miss Hill.

He also was ordered to take a class on parenting and was permitted to see his children only if a third party was present.

Court records do not indicate whether he attended the domestic violence and parenting programs.

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