THE death of a mother and her two baby twin boys who were found dead in a car submerged in a pond has been ruled a murder-suicide, cops say.
On Friday, the remains of Shaquia Philpot, 25, and her babies, Caysen and Cassius were found inside a vehicle submerged in the Augusta Mayor’s Pond in Georgia.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report states that, for unknown reasons, Philpot drove her vehicle into the pond, while her children were inside. According to cops, all three drowned.
Philpot and her children lived in Hephzibah, Georgia, about 10 miles from the pond, according to WFXG.
The car they were in was found shortly before 5pm on Friday by a fisherman who had come to Mayor’s Pond, which is off Lock and Dam Road.
“When I found out it was her, I was stuck, and I didn’t believe it. To this day, I still don’t believe it,” Philpot’s stepbrother, Darius Coleman told WRDW.
Coleman told the outlet he spoke with Philpot’s three or four days prior to the incident and said they were laughing and joking.
The children’s grandmother issued several emotional statements on Facebook, saying Philpot, Caysen and Cassius have “gained their wings.”
“The Lord only loan my daughter ShaQuia Philpot to me for 25 years my twins grandson Cassius and Caysen William for 10 months,” she wrote.
“Lord I didn’t know that you was going to call them home July 24, 2020. RIH.”
“We all loved y’all but God loves y’all more. This is so hard to believe,” the grieving grandma continued. “But I know we can’t question God.”
The bodies of the deceased were taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Medical Examiner in Decatur for autopsy.