HILLSBOROUGH, NJ (CBSNewYork) – Two children were found dead in the backseat of a car in Somerset County on Tuesday.
They were held in their car seats with their hands tied, police said, and now their mother faces murder charges, CBS2’s Cory James reported.
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They were spotted by a tow truck driver driving in Hillsborough and saw a car in a ditch. James spoke to the tow truck driver’s father, who said his son had stopped to offer help and was stunned by what he saw when he walked away. approached the car.
Robert Long described the frantic phone call he received early Tuesday morning after his son found a woman driving and two children dead in the back seat of a car that pulled off the road near Mountain View Road .
“He was shaken. He said he found a lady in the ditch and asked her if she was okay and she said no, I think. And then he saw the babies, then he called the cops right away, ”Long said.
The Somerset County District Attorney’s Office said the 911 call was made just before 8 a.m.
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When officers arrived, they found a 7-year-old, identified as Samantha Ross, and her 10-month-old brother, Paul, in their booster seats. They were tied up, restrained and not breathing.
Authorities say their mother, Yuhwei Chou, 36, killed them.
“It’s just sick. I don’t know how you do this, ”Long said.
Chou has been charged with two counts of first degree murder and will be held in Somerset County Jail after a medical assessment.
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The cause of death is under investigation and the motive was not immediately known.