A Kentucky woman accused of fatally shooting her two young sons appeared in court for the first time on Tuesday.
Tiffanie Lucas, 32, is accused of murdering Maurice Baker Jr., 6 – affectionately known as ‘Peanut’ – and Jayden Howard, 9, in a bedroom last week.
The bond and her arraignment
The day after the shooting, Lucas was arraigned by video and without a lawyer present. Judge Jennifer Porter entered a not guilty plea on her behalf and jailed the woman in the Bullitt County Detention Center.
In setting the $2 million bond, Judge Porter described Lucas as ‘a danger to others.’
Details of the murder
At Tuesday’s hearing, Bullitt County detective Richard Beahl shared more details about the grisly murder as well as the suspect’s alleged remarks.
He said four gunshots were fired in 30 seconds and that both children were shot in the head.
When questioned, Lucas reportedly said ‘I’m in such a bad spot’ and chalked the shooting up to an accident.
Why she did what she did
‘I’m so stupid,’ she added. ‘I would never do anything like this unless someone manipulated me.’
Beahl testified that Lucas ‘made statements that she was being manipulated’ through Facebook, through the internet or through Wi-Fi…into doing what she did.
‘The crime was discovered on November 8, when Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a shooting with injury at a home in Shepherdsville.
Neighbor ran to their rescue, but…..
When Lucas’s neighbor pulled into his driveway, he saw the 32-year-old walking down the stairs of his porch before collapsing.
She told him that her ‘kids were dying.’ When the man entered her home, he discovered the boys’ bodies in a bedroom. A gun lay on the bed.
The neighbor called 911 and stayed with the boys until EMS arrived and rushed them to Norton’s Children’s Hospital in Louisville.
They were taken into surgery but ultimately succumbed to their injuries.