WEST MELBOURNE, Florida – The death investigation involving two babies at 138 Laurel Oak Street has been ongoing since it was reported on Sunday, according to authorities.
West Melbourne police say one baby was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
As a result of the death, investigators returned to the residence where they later found the discarded body of a second baby in the trash can.
“It is believed their mother, Rachael Lynn Thomas, gave birth to the otherwise healthy twins then took their lives. Thomas never told first responders about female baby,” police told Palm Bay Daily.
Preliminary autopsy results reveal the manner of death of the twins is homicide. Detectives learned that the female baby and male baby suffered severe blunt force trauma to their heads, not consistent with Thomas’ story of giving birth in a toilet.
In addition, the umbilical cord was wrapped around the female baby’s throat and a foreign object was lodged in her throat to block her airway.
After discarding her in the trash can, Thomas threw additional trash on top of the baby in an attempt to conceal her. Both babies are believed to have been carried a full 39-week term.
During the course of this investigation, Melbourne investigators have worked closely with the Medical Examiner’s Office and the Office of the State Attorney. Detectives secured an arrest warrant charging Rachael Lynn Thomas with:
- 1 count premeditated 1st-degree murder (Baby Jane)
- 2 counts felony murder (Baby Jane and Baby John)
- 2 counts aggravated child abuse (Baby Jane and Baby John)
DCF has placed Thomas’ two other children, an 8-year-old boy, and a 1-year-old boy with other family members.
Thomas will remain incarcerated in the Brevard County Jail where she is now being held on a no bond status.
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