BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. (WESH) — Police in West Melbourne, Florida said a mother newly charged with murdering her newborn twins told someone months ago that she was pregnant.
That contradicts Rachael Thomas’s story to police that she didn’t know she was pregnant.
A 911 call led police to the discovery of the dead infants.
“I had a baby, and I passed out, and now the baby’s not responding, and I don’t know what to do,” Rachael Thomas allegedly told a 911 dispatcher on Sunday.
Thomas called 911 with what police now believe is a carefully concocted story that was meant to cover up two murders — the murders of her very own baby boy and girl.
“It’s not doing anything, and it’s cold and it’s blue,” the caller said.
“Is it breathing at all?” the dispatcher said.
“No, I don’t think so,” the caller said.
When police got to Thomas’s duplex, they grew suspicious.
“The information that was provided didn’t seem to add up,” said Rich Cordeau, of the West Melbourne Police Department.
That led to the discovery of the baby girl in a trash can, wrapped in plastic, with head injuries, and gauze stuffed down her throat.
The boy, who’d been taken to the hospital by paramedics, also had head injuries.
Thomas’s story, that she didn’t even know she was pregnant, began to fall apart.
“Our investigators interviewed one person yesterday who confirmed that she did admit that she was pregnant months back,” Cordeau said.
That person is a fellow employee of a dollar store, believed by police to be the father of the twins.
Police are still wondering why Thomas called 911 in the first place. If she hadn’t, the deaths might never have been discovered.
Initially charged with child neglect, Thomas is newly charged with first-degree murder in the girl’s death and felony murder — a lower degree — in the boy’s death.
Police said they may upgrade the charge related to the boy’s death to first-degree murder.