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.