- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

CHEVERLY, Md. (AP) - A Prince George’s County mother charged with first-degree murder in the suffocation deaths of her two toddlers tried to revive them and sobbed over their lifeless bodies, a newly released 911 recording has revealed.

In two frantic 911 calls released Wednesday, the children’s grandmother tells the 911 operator that she and her daughter were performing CPR on the toddlers after “someone tried to suffocate them.”

The children’s mother, Sonya Spoon, 24, can be heard in the recording apparently counting chest compressions during a CPR attempt, The Washington Post reported, (https://wapo.st/1qN8RC4).

Spoon later was charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of the children, 1-year-old Ayden and 3-year-old Kayla.

An attorney was not listed for Spoon in court records.

Investigators say the children’s grandmother, Paivi Spoon, found Ayden and Kayla unconscious with plastic bags and duct tape around their heads after Sonya Spoon woke her on Sunday.

“What happened to the children?” the dispatcher asks Paivi Spoon on the 911 recording.

She responds by saying that “someone tried to suffocate them,” prompting the 911 operator to ask who could have done such a thing.

“We’ll talk about it. Just come here,” Paivi Spoon responded.

Moments later, Sonya Spoon was heard pleading, “Come on, baby. Come on, please.” Later in the call, Sonya Spoon is heard sobbing after her mother tells the dispatcher that neither child was breathing.

The children were pronounced dead soon after at a nearby hospital.

Police and court documents show that Sonya Spoon had been involved in several custody battles over the children but that they knew of no motive for the killings.

Less than a week before the children were killed, police took Sonya Spoon to a hospital for an emergency psychiatric evaluation after she threatened to kill Kayla and to commit suicide.


Information from: The Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com

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