Lisette Bamenga, the 29-year-old Bronx woman who is accused of gassing her two young children to death, used the Internet to show her how to carry out her alleged crimes, the New York Daily News reports.
At Bamenga’s arraignment on Thursday, prosecutors said that she first poisoned her 5-year-old son and infant daughter by lacing their grape juice with windshield wiper fluid. According to prosecutors, Bamenga read on the internet that she needed two table spoons of the substance to kill her kids. But when that didn’t work, she drowned them in a tub in her apartment. After drowning her children, she took their bodies to the kitchen, dressed them and turned on the gas stoves. Bamenga then slit her own wrists hoping to kill herself, but she survived.
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The reason for her alleged crimes: Her NYPD cop husband, Trever Noel, allegedly had a baby with another woman. “It’s not fair, Trevor had a baby with another woman,” Bamenga allegedly said (to police).
She also allegedly told police investigators that she wanted to die so that she could be with her children. The Daily News has more:
“I want to die,” Bamenga allegedly told investigators. “I want to be with my babies.”
Bamenga’s attorney, Paul Brenner, addressed the two counts of felony murder on Bamenga’s behalf.
“We enter a plea of not guilty,” Brenner said.
The woman, who faces life in prison, said nothing during the proceedings. She was arraigned via computer link while she sat in her Jacobi Medical Center bed. Brenner was by her side.
Brenner said he was outraged that investigators interviewed Bamenga while she was “unconscious” and without his presence.
“It’s an egregious violation of standards,” he said from a computer monitor, which only the judge could see. “They came to the hospital and took statements from an individual who was in no condition to speak to anybody.”
Bamenga is being held without bail and is scheduled to be in court on July 16.