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Mom Who Lost Two Children Caught Making Disturbing Internet Search

A 23-year-old woman apparently did her homework. Police investigated the mother of two after the death of her second child. They found that she googled things like 'how to commit the perfect murder' and 'best ways to suffocate'.

The internet searches have led to the woman's arrest.

Stephany E. LaFountain, a 23-year-old Alaska woman, lost her first child in 2015. LaFountain was in a relationship at the time and her four-month-old baby passed away of unknown causes.

At the time, police did not investigate the child's death. The cause of death was listed as inconclusive.

In 2017, however, LaFountain came under suspicion when her 13-month-old daughter died. The baby passed away on November 20th, and like her first child, was otherwise healthy.

The 13-month-old stopped breathing and LaFountain called for help.

LaFountain was married to a man in the military at the time who was deployed overseas. She called his family for help and they rushed over to help administer CPR until paramedics arrived.
The baby was rushed to the hospital and passed away four days later.

This time, police began investigating the young mother due to striking similarities in the circumstances surrounding both deaths. With the first child, LaFountain had also called for help claiming her child had stopped breathing.

During the course of the investigation, they seized LaFountain's computer and came across some shocking internet searches.

"16 steps to kill someone and not get caught," was one topic that LaFountain researched.

"How to: Commit the Perfect Murder," read another.

"Can drowning show in an autopsy report," another read.

"Ways to kill human with no proof," said another.

Many of the searches revolved around drowning, suffocating, smothering and forensic sciences. Just an hour before the 911 call was placed in which LaFountain reported her 13-month-old baby wasn't breathing, she had searched for 'best ways to suffocate'.

An autopsy revealed that the second baby died from a lack of oxygen to the brain. With the first baby's death, though inconclusive, findings were also consistent with suffocation. Neither babies had any genetic abnormalities, diseases or injuries that might have been the cause of death.

At a press conference, Fairbanks Police Chief Eric Jewkes said 'evil' lurks in every community.

“This is just an unimaginable tragedy… “We have two babies that were killed by their mother. How do we even imagine that?” said Jewkes.

"Just take 10 seconds and think about a mother killing both her children, over two years (in) completely isolated events," the officer said. "And what that means and what happens sometimes in our community -- and sometimes the evil that exists, that's out there."

The officer said the case, as are many investigations, was kept under wraps during the lengthy investigation. He explains that there have been more than one thousand hours of manpower put into the process to bring the alleged murderous mother to justice.

The officer thanked the family that helped them to put the pieces together so that justice could be pursued in this case.

LaFountain was placed under arrest on Wednesday and is currently being held at the Fairbanks correctional center. She has been charged with first- and second-degree murder for each child. She has a court appearance scheduled for Friday.

Source: Daily MailM
Photos: Fairbanks Police Department, Pexels, 123RF Stock Photo, Anucha Pongpatimeth/123RF Stock Photo

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