No bail for Chicago mom charged with killing sons

CHICAGO (AP) — A 20-year-old Chicago woman was held without bail last Saturday on murder charges after police said she killed two of her young sons.

Aleah Newell of Chicago is charged with two counts of murder for the death of the boys, ages two years and seven months. She is also charged with attempted murder for stabbing her grandfather.

Newell and her two-year-old son, Johntavis Newell, were found on the ground outside a high-rise around 2am. Officers later found seven-month-old Ameer Newell in the bathtub of the apartment, along with the 70-year-old grandfather, who had been stabbed. Authorities have not released his name.

Aleah Newel had told her mother, Zera Newell, that she wanted to get her life together and asked her to pick up her boys, prosecutors said. But when her mother arrived on New Year’s day to get the children, Newell was gone.

Zera Newell told the Chicago Sun-Times that Aleah Newell took her children to a women’s shelter earlier last week and asked workers there to take her children. Zera Newell said her daughter had shown signs of depression in the past.

“I thought she was over that,” Newell said, adding that “maybe behind closed doors it was another thing”.