CLAYTON, Mo. – A Missouri mother is facing second-degree murder charges after her newborn twins were found dead inside a home last week.
Maya Caston, 25, of St. Louis, is accused of killing her son and daughter following their births. The crimes reportedly occurred between Jan. 6 and Jan. 8, KTVI reported. Investigating authorities said they found the bodies Jan. 8 after Caston called police to a home in the area, claiming she had gone into labor unexpectedly and had given birth to two stillborn children.
However, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by police, the cause of death was something else.
“She covered their mouths and noses with a towel and blanket, concealed them, and failed to seek medical attention,” the statement said, according to KDSK. “Both babies died as a result.”
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Caston, who was arrested over the weekend. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office issued charges against her for two counts of murder in the second degree and two counts of abuse or neglect of a child.
She is being held Monday at the St. Louis County Justice Center on a $500,000 cash-only bond.