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Drowning Case Dropped

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Lamar woman charged with drowning her two young children will not stand trial.

Prosecutors told a Prowers County judge on Monday they didn't think they would be able to prove Rebekah Amaya was sane at the time of the children's deaths in October 2003.

The 34-year-old Amaya had been charged with first-degree murder.

She pleaded innocent by reason of insanity last March to drowning 4-year-old Grace Headlee and 6-month old Gabriel Amaya in a bathtub at the family's home.

Authorities agreed Monday to drop the case in exchange for Amaya admitting to being involved in the siblings' deaths.

Amaya will be sentenced January 31st.

Defense attorneys asked in November for a change of venue, because too many Lamar-area residents know the Amaya family.

A judge later rejected the motion.

Amaya reportedly told investigators soon after the deaths that she killed the children after receiving a sign from a spider that crawled across her hand.


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