A West Virginia mother is scheduled to appear in front of a judge for her first hearing on Thursday. She’s accused of setting fire to both of her son’s beds.
Reports say, she then locked both boys in their rooms to die horrible, painful deaths.
The mother, Molly Delgado, was arrested last week. Police charged the 29-year-old women with the deaths of her 3-year-old and 5-year-old sons. Their tragic deaths took place on January 24.
According to a Washington Post report, Delgado allegedly set the beds of both of her toddler sons ablaze. The mother then locked their bedroom door from the outside, so they couldn’t possibly escape the fire. Authorities say she walked out of their mobile home, and went to eat soup at her parents’ home.
It wasn’t clear if the 29-year-old has been assigned a public defender, according to the newspaper.
George Harms, West Virginia’s assistant fire marshal, wrote in the complaint against Delgado that she admitted setting fire to each bed before leaving the home, according to media reports.
Her husband, Justin Delgado, was already asleep when the crazed mom allegedly set the fatal blazes, the Washington Post reported.
The smell of smoke woke him up a few minutes later.
“He tried to get to the children’s bedroom but was unable to due to the smoke,” Harms wrote in the court document. “He called out to the children but there was no answer.”
The Washington Post reported that he tried to escape, but was locked in. First responders later rescued him and pulled out the kids — Justin Jr. and Delmer — but it was too late for the youngsters.
Drew McCombs, Delgado’s father who lived across the street, told the Herald-Mail that his daughter was walking back home when she heard her husband yelling for help.
McCombs added that he and his wife tried to get into the mobile home to save their grandchildren, but had no luck.
“I couldn’t find them,” McCombs told the newspaper. “I went in there and I couldn’t find them — went in twice.”