Cousins! An active investigation is underway following the tragic death of a mother and her two small children in the Sanford area of Florida!
According to Seminole County officials, the body of a woman identified as Catorreia Hutto was discovered within the Jesup Bridge Lake on Friday, October 20th. A motorist is said to have saw Catorreia’s vehicle as they were driving when she suddenly jumped over the side of the bridge.
WESH news reports that the 31-year-old’s set of twins Ahmad and Ava Jackson, were later discovered lifeless within their home. Sources state that though there was a gun and bullets found in the bedroom where the kids were, neither of them had been shot.
Sheriff Dennis Lemma says that the five-year-olds were tucked in their beds and appeared to be sleeping peacefully.
“It does not appear that there is any blunt trauma. It does not appear that they are the victims of gunfire,” Lemma said. “So there would have to be a method of death that the medical examiner can help us understand through toxicology reports, but again, no signs of trauma to the body. And the two deputies who went in said it looked like two innocent 5-year-olds sleeping.”
An official medical examiner’s report will be issued to determine the cause of the two children’s tragic death.
“Mom jumps off the bridge, commits obviously what’s now a suicide, and it looks to be a homicide that is contained in this house,” says Sheriff Lemma.
As friends, family, and neighbors mourn the death of both kids and their mother, it has been stated that Catorreia had a history of depression. Catorreia’s mother says that though she struggled with mental health, her daughter showed no visual signs of having a violent melt down.
“The mom did relay to us that she has struggled throughout her lifetime with depression, but nothing to say she would act out with this level of violence with her children,” said Lemma.
He says that instances like these usually occur from a build-up of issues.
According to The Independent, officials believe Catorreia had been struggling financially following the lack of food discovered within her home’s cabinet and refrigerator.
“Just wish someone could’ve known, you know?” said neighbor Eddie Gray,. “Maybe would’ve been able to step in. You see them passing, you just wave and say hello, and you go on. Maybe if she had someone else to talk to, could’ve made a difference.”
Another neighbor by the name of Latoshia Reynolds says “I am absolutely heartbroken, absolutely devastated.”
“As the mother of a 15-year-old, it is really hard. For her to be that distraught, apparently she had no one she felt she could reach out to, it’s just really devastating and shows the state of the world that we’re in right now.”
The twin’s school, UCP Seminole Charter School, released a statement following the tragic news:
“The entire UCP community is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of two of our Seminole County school’s kindergarten students and feel shocked by the circumstances. We immediately made available grief counseling for classmates, teachers, and school family members,” said CEO and Superintendent Dr. Ilene E. Wilkins of UCP of Central Florida/UCP Charter Schools.
Cousins if you or someone you know is struggkingbwuth depression or mental health please share these available resources:
- Harbor House of Central Florida 24-hour confidential crisis hotline: 407-886-2856
- Victim Service Center of Central Florida 24/7 helpline: 407-500-HEAL
- National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 and in English and Spanish: 1-800-799-7233
- United Way of Central Florida 2-1-1 services: Call or text 211 for confidential domestic abuse support, and other services.
- If you or someone you know may be contemplating suicide, call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org