Mother Gives Her Children Knives To Murder Their Grandparents

Mother Gives Her Children Knives To Murder Their Grandparents

A mother is accused of mailing her daughters a knife and asking them to kill their grandparents.

Leticia Silva, 31, had lost custody of the girls, ages 7 and 9, prior to the incident. The girls' paternal grandparents were awarded permanent custody.

In February, the grandmother told law enforcement that she found a knife under one of the children's pillows.

The girls told investigators that their mother had first mailed them a switchblade pocket knife, then called them around Christmas and asked them to take a knife from the kitchen and use it to kill their grandparents. The kitchen knife was the weapon that their grandmother found under the pillow.

"It's hard to say what a child is going to do," Pitt County Det. Charles Mitchell said. "The grandparents have told me that they spoke to the children and … neither one of them would carry it out."

On Monday, Silva turned herself in. She was charged with four counts of solicitation to commit murder and is being held on a $5 million secured bond.

Silva's side of the family said that they believe the grandparents are making the whole thing up.

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