The mother of two young girls who were found dead in a Lauderhill canal late last month has been arrested and charged with murder in their deaths, police said Wednesday.
Tinessa Hogan, 36, was arrested late Tuesday and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of daughters Destiny and Daysha, Lauderhill Police said. She is being held at the Broward County Jail, officials said.
The bodies of Destiny Hogan, 9, and Daysha Hogan, 7, were discovered just hours apart on June 22 in the canal in a residential neighborhood along Northwest 59th Way.
Investigators had identified the girls’ mother as a possible person of interest shortly after the incident. Tinessa Hogan had been taken into custody, but no criminal charges were initially filed until Tuesday night.
Hogan had been in hospital care after reports that the mother had been acting erratically, swimming in the canal and asking to baptize kids in the neighborhood the day before the girls were found.
Police said the case remains active and open.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Lauderhill Police Department at 954-497-4700 or Broward County Crime Stoppers 954-493-8477 (TIPS).