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Mother pleads guilty to suffocating children in 2014

Sonya SpoonUPPER MARLBORO – Sonya Spoon of Cheverly pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of her two children, Kayla, 3, and Ayden, 1, in September of 2014.

“Today we held Sonya Spoon accountable for this heinous crime,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said. “These two innocent children were killed in their beds, in their home, where they should have been safe. We must continue to do all we can to ensure that no other family has to suffer through the loss of a child in this manner.”

Just after 2 a.m. on Sept. 7, 2014, units from the Prince George's County Fire Department, along with patrol units from the county police department and Cheverly Town Police, responded to the 6200 block of Forest Road for two unconscious children.

“When our units arrived on the scene they found two small children not breathing and without a pulse,” said Mark Brady, spokesperson for the county fire department. “They performed CPR on the two children and transported them to Children's Hospital in Washington D.C., but doctors were unable to save them.”

Police officers arrested Spoon on the scene after she admitted to suffocating her children with a plastic bag inside the home.

According to court records, a few days before the homicide Spoon's mother called Cheverly police and informed them she was worried because Spoon was threatening to kill Kayla and herself. Cheverly police said Spoon was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, but was released and allowed back home with her two children.

“We believe from what we've seen that Spoon was fully aware of what she was doing,” said Prince George’s County State’s Attorney spokesperson John Erzen.

In October 2014, a grand jury indicted Spoon in the death of her children.

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