A Florida woman is accused of making her two children drink bleach — killing her 3-year-old — because someone put a “voodoo spell” on her, police said.
Police responded to a call about a possible homicide in Osceola County and found the suspect, Joanne Zephir, unconscious in her car with her 3-year-old, also unconscious. Her other child, 8, was outside the vehicle but nearby.
All three were taken to the hospital.
The tragic turn of events began with a warrant for a separate case.
Zephir had an outstanding warrant out of nearby Orange County, Fla. for attempted murder and aggravated battery, so deputies with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office arrested her after she was treated at the hospital.
Before dealing with her Orange County charges, Zephir was taken to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office for questioning.
Police say Zephir told them she was at a family member’s house, telling them “what she did to the victim” in Orange County, and told the family member she was going to turn herself into police.
Zephir told police she made both of her children drink bleach from a makeshift glass and admitted to choking the 3-year-old, who later died at the hospital.
Police interviewed the family member who confirmed the pair’s meeting and confessed to attempted murder in Orange County. Zephir called this family member several more times saying the 8-year-old is going to die and afterward she would kill herself.
The 8-year-old girl has recovered and is staying with family.
Police plan to charge Zephir with attempted murder and aggravated child abuse, but are waiting on the murder charges until the medical examiner’s office releases its full toxicology results on the case.