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Lamora Williams Case Summary

In 2017, Lamora Williams was a 24-year-old newly single mother of 4 children. Sometime between the midnight of October 12th and 11 p.m. on October 13th, she is accused of having placed her two youngest children in an oven and turning it on.

According to Williams’s family, she has always been troubled, and it was only made worse by the children’s father leaving them and possibly postpartum depression. LamoraWilliams’s sister, Tabitha Hollingsworth, noted that the behavioral and emotional problems started young and recalled Williams attempting suicide. Brenda Williams, Lamora Williams’s mother, said that she was a slow learner to the extent that she had to be pulled out of public school to be homeschooled.

At 18 years old she had her first child, a daughter. Her daughter’s father’s family helped Williams. After this relationship failed, she got into a long-term relationship with Jameel Penn Sr. and had 3 children with him. In 2017 when Williams was 24, Jameel Penn Sr. left Williams and her children, but still assisted her with the children and finances. Penn and young sonsWhen Penn broke it off with Williams, Williams’s mother told Penn that “something tragic was going to happen to those kids, she’s going to do something to herself”. Williams’s mother also tried to get custody of Williams’s children or otherwise have them removed from Williams’s care after Williams’s father’s death. In a call to the Division of Family and Children Services, Williams’s mother expressed concern about her daughter’s mental health and was worried that she was not feeding her children. This concern is backed up by Williams’s sister stating that Williams regularly left the toddler children alone.

On the evening of October 13th, Williams’s close friend Neesa Smith received a call where Williams was in obvious distress. When Smith asked Williams what was wrong, Williams simply stated she couldn’t do it anymore. She went on to tell Smith that her two youngest children, 1 year old Ja’Karter and 2 year old Ke-Yaunte, were dead. Smith pushed for Williams to call the police. Instead of calling the police, Williams next video called the children’s father, Jameel Penn. During the call, Williams panned her camera around her apartment and Penn saw his sons on the floor. He then promptly called the police.

At 11:30p.m., Williams also called the police. In the 911 call, Williams claimed she left Lamora Childrenher children with her cousin (then changed it to sister) and found her children dead when she returned home from work. She stated that one child was trapped underneath a “pulled over” oven, both burned, and claimed there were “brains on the floor”.  During the same 911 call, Williams showed great worry over going to jail and asked the dispatcher to reassure her about the possibility of going to jail. The 911 call transcript can be found here.

Police, fire and ambulance arrived at the scene and the two youngest children’s burned bodies were found. Williams’s 3-year-old son, Jameel Penn Jr. was also found unharmed inside of the residence. Williams first child was with other family members during the event. Detectives did not believe Williams’s story and she was arrested.

Some of the charges Williams faces includes felony murder, aggravated assault, cruelty Lamora Mugshotto children in the first degree, cruelty to children in the second degree and making a false statement. Prosecutors believe that Williams may have burnt her two youngest children in an attempt to conceal how she murdered them. Williams pleaded not guilty to the charges. In the aftermath, Williams’s sister expressed concern and stated that Williams should be placed on suicide watch in the jail. Williams’s mother holds her daughter accountable for her actions  while still recognizing that she had problems. She has stated that she may need to seek help herself after losing her “two youngest grand kids because of the actions of her daughter” and that it has been very difficult.

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Lamora Williams 911 Transcript

Sometime between the midnight of October 12th and 11 p.m. on October 13th in 2017, Lamora Williams is accused of having placed her two youngest children in an oven and turning it on in her apartment in Atlanta Georgia. In the 911 call she placed, she said that she had left her child with a family member while she was at work. When she returned home, her children were dead, one stuck under an oven, both burned, and claimed there were “brains laid out on the floor”. Her family reports that she had long standing untreated mental illness and detectives did not believe her story. She was charged with her children’s murders. A case summary can be found here. 

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Lamora Williams 911 Transcript

Dispatcher: Atlanta 911, Operator 7054, what’s the address of your emergency?

Lamora Williams: Yes. Ma’am, Ma’am, I have a question, and this is a serious matter. Um, I just left, um, my cousin in the house with my kids. Um, she just left my kids in the house when I came back from work,

Dispatcher: Mm-hm

Lamora Williams: and my kids, two of my kids are dead. What am I, what am I, what do I gotta do? They’re dead. She left them dead in the house by theyselves.

Dispatcher: Okay, ma’am, where are you now?

Lamora Williams: I’m in my house. She left my door open. My baby boy, my oldest baby boy is the only one that’s here and only one that’s alive. She left, she left them, she left them in the house by theyselves. She left them in here, and they’re not…

Dispatcher: Okay, hold…

Lamora Williams: Can you listen? When I came in, the stove was layin’ on my son, my youngest son’s head, and my other son was laid out on the floor with his brains laid out on the floor. I don’t know what to do, I just came home from work to this.

Dispatcher: Okay.

Lamora Williams: My baby’s dead.

Dispatcher: Okay, ma’am, I’m gon-gonna get EMS and I’m going to get, um, police and fire at the location. Can you tell me where you’re located?

Lamora Williams: Um, um, um ma’am I can’t even talk. This is so serious. I’m so scared. I don’t want to get locked up, because I was there at work.

Dispatcher: Okay, ma’am [cross talk]

Lamora Williams: I don’t [cross talk]

Dispatcher: I completely understand that you’re scared. I completely understand but I need to get some help out there to you now. Can you tell me where you’re located?

Lamora Williams: I understand that, but please, can you please help me, like, can you please tell me, like, I don’t want to get locked up because this is not my fault. I had just came home from work. I just came home from work.

Dispatcher: Yes, ma’am.

Lamora Williams: I just came home from work.

Dispatcher: Okay, ma’am. The first thing that I need to do is get some help out there to you. I understand that you’re upset and scared.

Lamora Williams: They’ve been here dead. Like, it’s, it’s not, it’s aint no way in the fuck she left my babies dead…

Dispatcher: Okay.

Lamora Williams: …and I don’t have no way to reach her.

Dispatcher: Okay. If you, if you’re not sure, [cross talk] if you were at work, ma’am, listen to me. If you were at work while this happened, then the responsibility is going to fall on your sister. That’s who you left them with. Okay? But where are you [cross talk], can you tell me where you are? Where are you located now? Where are you?

Lamora Williams: I’m located in 979 Howell Place.

Dispatcher: Okay, hold on one moment because I’m also going to get EMS on the line as well, okay?

Lamora Williams: Yes, please.

Dispatcher: Hold on one moment. Yes, ma’am. stay on the line with me though, okay? Hold on one moment with me.

[beep, ringing, shuffling]

Lamora Williams: Okay.

EMS: EMS, what’s the address of the emergency?

Dispatcher: EMS, the call is at 979 Howell Place, Southwest. That’s 979 Howell Place Southwest.

EMS: Alright ma’am, what’s the phone number you’re calling from?

Lamora Williams: 404 [edited] 33

EMS: Okay. Tell me exactly what happened.

Lamora Williams: When I just came home from work, my babies were stuck in the stove dead, and I just came home from work.

EMS: Wait, wait, ma’am.

Lamora Williams: My sister was babysitting my kids and left my kids dead in the house, aint no tellin’ how long they been in this house.

EMS: Alright, wait, are you, is there, is there, is your son obviously dead? Is he breathing at all? Can you tell if he’s breathing?

Lamora Williams: He’s dead, he’s burnt. Both of my children are dead. Their head is burnt, they, the stove is laying on this floor. The stove, one of my babies is stuck. The stove is pulled over and everything.

EMS: Alright [inaudible], can we get PD and fire to this location? I’m operator 839

Dispatcher: Yes, we have PD and fire already en route to that location. I’m 7054.

EMS: Alright, thank you so much.

Lamora Williams: Please help me, please!

EMS: Alright ma’am, I’m en route. Okay?

Lamora Williams: Alright, thank you so much.

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Debra Jeter Case Summary

On June 5, 2009, 32-year-old Debra Jeter slit the throats of both of her daughters in an abandoned house off of Interstate 77 in Hillsboro, Texas. Warning signs dated back several years. In 2004, authorities determined that Debra Jeter was physically abusing her older daughter, Kiersten, but the case was dropped after Debra Jeter received mental health treatment.

For reasons not disclosed, in May 2009, Lester Lee Jeter filed court documents to separate from his wife, Debra. Taking the separation badly, on May 22 Debra Jeter attempted suicide by consuming pills in front of her two daughters she had with Lester Jeter. Debra was temporarily institutionalized in a mental health facility. The day after the suicide attempt while Debra was still inpatient, Lester Lee Jeter filed for divorce, obtained a debra-jeter-2temporary restraining order, and was given temporary custody of his two children. In court documents, Lester Lee Jeter stated that “she may be released within a few days, and I am concerned about her possible actions regarding the children” and that he was requesting custody “to protect the safety and well-being of the children and any other person who has been a victim of family violence committed by Jeter”. The day after her release, though, a judge lifted the restraining order and allowed for unsupervised visitation during a hearing. The first court ordered visitation was set for that Friday, June 5th, 2009.

After not seeing their mother for 15 days, 12-year-old Kelsey and 13-year-old Kiersten kelsey-jeterwere excited to see their mother with Kelsey posting on her MySpace page “I GET TO SEE MY MOM TOMMORROW!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!”. Debra Jeter told Lester Lee Jeter that she had a surprise for the girls and was taking them out.

After picking up her daughters in the afternoon, Debra drove them to an abandoned house off Interstate 77 just past highway 35 towards Milford. Debra Jeter first attacked Kiersten with a knife. While fending off her mother, Kiersten screamed for her sister to run. This caused Debra to turn her attention from Kiersten and onto Kelsey. Kiersten was stabbed in the back while trying to protect her sister. Unfortunately, these attempts were unsuccessful, and Debra slit Kelsey’s throat and she died in the bathroom of the abandoned house. Debra returned to Kiersten and cut her from one side of the neck to the other, severing her airway and one of her main arteries.

Despite her severe injuries, she stayed alive and conscious and pleaded with her mother debra-jeter-3to get help. Three hours after picking up her children, Debra Jeter called police to report the crime saying, “I just killed my children”. Even though Debra Jeter was a nursing student, she did not tend to her daughter, instead walked around the abandoned house urging the ambulance to hurry up stating that her daughter that survived is “asking to be saved and she couldn’t handle it”. She also went on to ask the dispatcher to ask the police not to shoot her as she didn’t have a gun. The complete transcript can be read here.

Sadly, the sweet quiet book-loving Kelsey did not survive the attack. Kiersten was air lifted for immediate emergency surgery after being found in the bedroom of the debra-jeter-1abandoned house and survived. Debra’s explanation for her heinous actions was that she was “heartbroken” over the separation and the child custody battle. Her ex-husband, Lester Lee Jeter stated that Debra “figured if she felt that way, then we all must feel that way and she wanted to take away all of our pain”.  After accepting a plea deal where she pleaded guilty to capital murder and attempted capital murder on May 27, 2010, Debra Jeter was sentenced to life without parole. The plea deal avoided the possibility of the death sentence and spared her surviving daughter from having to testify in court.

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Debra Jeter 911 Call Transcript

Two weeks after Debra Jeter was temporarily institutionalized in a mental facility for a suicide attempt in front of her two daughters, Jeter slit the throats of her daughters Kiersten (13 years old) and Kelsey (12 years old). The older daughter, Kiersten, survived the attack with severe injuries. Aside from the slashed throat, Kiersten was found to have a stab wound in her back, presumably from an attempt to shield her younger sister from the attack. Unfortunately, she did not survive.

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Debra Jeter 911 Call Transcript

Dispatcher: Hill county 911, what’s your emergency?

Debra Jeter: I just killed my children.

Dispatcher: Excuse me?

Debra Jeter: I just killed my children.

Dispatcher: Where are you?

Debra Jeter: Um, I’m in the abandoned house on highway 77 right after you go underneath the highway. One of them is still alive, hurry.

Dispatcher: M, How, under what highway? You’re on highway 77, where?

Debra Jeter: I am on highway 77 right after you go under 35 going towards Milford. Get an ambulance out here to save the one that didn’t die, common, hurry up.

Dispatcher: What’s your name?

Debra Jeter: Bitch, call them! Have you already called them?

Dispatcher: Yes, ma’am, I have.

Debra Jeter: Okay.

Dispatcher: I need your name.

Debra Jeter: I don’t want to tell you my name.

Dispatcher: Hello?

Debra Jeter: Hello.

Dispatcher: Are you still there?

Debra Jeter: Yes, I’m still here.

Dispatcher: 77 towards Milford right after you cross under the bridge. She’s telling me she’s killed her children.

[deep breathing]

Dispatcher: Are you in your car?

Debra Jeter: No, I’m not in my car. I’m in the house walking around and um, one of them is still alive for real. She’s asking to be saved and I couldn’t handle that and so now… [cross talk]

Dispatcher: She thinks she’s in an abandoned house [inaudible]

Debra Jeter: It’s been a long time, she might already die because she’s bled out a lot and… hold on. What baby? [inaudible] What did you say? I’m on the phone with 911. [inaudible daughter] She said please [inaudible] hurry.

Dispatcher: Okay. Well I’ve, we’ve got people in route. Get an ambulance because one of them is still alive, she said. Can you tell me what happened? Ma’am. Hello? Ma’am.

Debra Jeter: What?

Dispatcher: Can you tell me what happened?

Debra Jeter: I can’t get the door open.

Dispatcher: You can’t get what door open, darling?

Debra Jeter: The front door so ya’ll can get in when ya’ll get here. Why won’t it open?

Dispatcher: I don’t know.

Debra Jeter: Hold on. [inaudible]

Dispatcher: Are you on the right hand side of the road or the left hand side of the road, sweety?

Debra Jeter: I’m at [inaudible] side of the road. They know where it’s at!

Dispatcher: They’re coming, they’re coming. I just, I just want to try to clarifor, clarify exactly where they are.

Officer over radio: [inaudible] both in the car.

Dispatcher: Can you tell me what happened?

Debra Jeter: I don’t want to tell you. I tell you what, they’re not coming.

Dispatcher: Well, they’re on their way. My partner is getting, getting them to you just as quickly as she can.

[officers over radio]

How many…

[sirens and officers over radio]

Dispatcher: how many children did you have?

Debra Jeter: Two.

Dispatcher: Huh?

Debra Jeter: Two.

Dispatcher: Two?

Debra Jeter: One of them’s dead. One of them is dead. She’s dead dead. But the other one wants to be saved and I’m, she needs to be saved. And I tell you what, they need to get the fuck out here.

Dispatcher: Honey, they’re coming.

Debra Jeter: [cross talk] …get here.

Officers over radio: [inaudible] abandoned house 1-17 we need more information, is she armed?

Dispatcher: Do you have any weapons?

Debra Jeter: Um, I do, I have a knife.

Dispatcher: She has a knife.

[officers over radio]

Debra Jeter: Should I throw it away?

Dispatcher: No, no ma’am. Just, just put it… She’s got a knife.

Officers over radio: She got a gun?

Debra Jeter: Please hurry.

Dispatcher: Tell her we’re on her way.

Officers over radio: Do you know her name or anything?

Dispatchers: She won’t give me. Can you not tell me what your name is?

Debra Jeter: [inaudible]

Dispatcher: Huh?

Debra Jeter: [inaudible]

Dispatcher: What’s your name, darling?

Debra Jeter: I’m not telling you my name [inaudible].

Dispatcher: How old are your children?

Debra Jeter: Hold on, it’s a what? On the phone. God damn it hurry up!

Dispatcher: Honey, they are coming. They are on their way. You should be hearing lights and sirens. Seeing lights and hearing sirens.

Officers over radio: [inaudible] is going on [inaudible]

You said just, you cross under the bridge that goes to, on 77 towards Milford, you crossed under the bridge to 35 and you’re in an abandoned house. Is that right?

Debra Jeter: Yep. Under 35..

Dispatcher: Cross under

Debra Jeter: 35 on 77, abandoned house up on the hill on the left. Hurry the fuck up.

Officers over radio: 1-6 being routed from…

Dispatcher: She says she’s in the abandoned house…

Officers over radio: [inaudible] 77 and the interstate

Dispatcher: yes, the house on the hill.

Debra Jeter: [inaudible] Hold on, baby.

Dispatcher: Honey, do you hear them now? Hear those sirens and stuff?

[officers over radio]

[Debra and daughter talking inaudibly]

Dispatcher: Shes…

Officer over radio: 10-4

[Debra and daughter talking inaudibly]

Officer over radio: [inaudible] do you know where that house is?

Officer over radio: Nah, I not sure where that house is at]

Officer over radio: [inaudible] you cross under the bridge I know there’s going to be an old grey house that’s off on the left-hand side. It’s going to be hard to see. It’s almost covered by trees and stuff like that.

Dispatcher: Are you still there?

Debra Jeter: I’m here.

[Officer over radio]

Dispatcher: Are you still with me?

Debra Jeter: I’m still with you.

Officer over radio: I’m headed your way from [inaudible]

Debra Jeter: How do they not see it?

Dispatcher: [inaudible]

Debra Jeter: But they’re not here. I’m here, they’re not here.

Dispatcher: They’re on their way, sweetheart. They had to come from different parts of the county.

Debra Jeter: Hold on kid, they’re coming. Tell them not to shoot me. I don’t have a gun.

Dispatcher: Okay. She doesn’t want to get shot ‘cause she doesn’t have a gun.

Another dispatcher: We told them she has a knife so when they get there tell her…

Dispatcher: Okay, when they get there…

Debra Jeter: Uh-huh.

Dispatcher: …I want you to lay the knife down. [radio] Uh, when you get the door open, I want you to lay the knife down so they can see you don’t have any weapons.

Debra Jeter: Okay.

[sirens and officers over radio]

Debra Jeter: Tell them to hurry.

Dispatcher:  They’re hurrying, honey, they’re hurrying.

Officer over radio: 1-17, I’m going to be on the interstate uh, southbound taking the exit uh, which way do I go when I get to uh

Dispatcher: Okay.

Officer over radio: I believe to the right if you’re going northbound trying to find the house []

Debra Jeter: Oh my god, she’s dead. Oh my god.

Dispatcher: How old are the children?

Debra Jeter: I’m not telling you. [inaudible] She wants you to hurry. She wants you to hurry.

Dispatcher: Honey, they are coming. They are coming as fast as they can. They’re trying to be sure…

Officers over radio: [inaudible] to your right.

Dispatcher: Do you see them?

Debra Jeter: They’re coming.

Dispatcher: Do you see them?

Debra Jeter: Still.

Possibly Kiersten Jeter: Okay.

Officer over radio: [inaudible] abandoned house.

Dispatcher: Do you see them?

Debra Jeter: No. Some [inaudible] Hold on.

Officer over radio: Yeah, the one back off in the trees

Debra Jeter: [inaudible] I see something.

Dispatcher: Do you see the lights?

Debra Jeter: No, I see something at the end of the road. I see car lights but not fire lights. Not police lights.

Dispatcher: She says she…

Debra Jeter: [cross talk] car at the end of the driveway.

Dispatcher: She says they, they’re at, see can see…

Debra Jeter: I hear sirens…

Dispatcher: Okay. Do you see them?

Debra Jeter: No, I don’t see them.

Officer over radio: [inaudible]Tell her she needs to come out with her hands up

Dispatcher: Okay. You need to…

Debra Jeter:  Coming [cross talk] the driveway

Dispatcher: I know, I understand. I want….

Debra Jeter: [cross talk] out the driveway with my hands up.

Dispatcher: She’s state…

Debra Jeter: Out the house with both hands up, except for one ‘cause, ‘cause I’m on the phone. They’re coming.

Dispatcher: She says she has her hands up except for the fact that the one that she’s on the phone with. She’s out in the yard. She said she’s out in the yard besides the house.

Debra Jeter: Okay, goodbye. I see them, they’re out here. Goodbye.

Dispatcher: Alright, bye.