A MOM accused of shooting her two sons dead has said she was “manipulated” ahead of the brutal killings, cops who first interviewed her have said.
The boys were rushed to the hospital after they were found shot and bleeding out next to a gun while Lucas was collapsed in her front yard in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, on November 8.
On Thursday, a judge declared Lucas a danger to others and set her bond at $2 million; she said nothing and stood with her arms folded across her chest and her face blank.
Bullitt County Detective Richard Beahl recounted his initial interview with Lucas.
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“I asked Ms. Lucas if she meant to hurt her children,” Beahl said.
“She indicated that it was accident.”
He said that Lucas answered, “yes” when asked if she had been given the gun.
Beahl explained that Lucas, “made statements that she was being manipulated through Facebook, through the internet or through Wi-Fi — through Facebook and through her Wi-Fi — being manipulated into doing what she did.”
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She had also said “I’m so stupid” and “I’m in such a bad spot” and “I would never do anything like this unless someone manipulated me,” according to Beahl.
Maurice Baker Jr.’s step mother, Michelle Rice, rejected the idea of manipulation outright.
“Nobody can manipulate you to do such a horrific thing,” she said.
“Nobody can manipulate you to do that. That’s yourself.”
Rice described the scene in the courtroom as Lucas watched testimony.
“She showed no emotion … She shows no emotion,” said Rice.
Although the mother came off as loving and kind in her social media posts, a family friend recently described Lucas’ temper as less than such.
“She goes off very fast, very fast,” Talia Crutcher said.
“Like she’ll get mad and flip a switch…
“And I hate that for the boys because they probably got the firsthand of everything you know and saw everything.”
According to documents obtained by The U.S. Sun, Lucas has a sketchy past with previous interactions with the police; there have been three criminal court filings against Lucas in the state of Kentucky, according to the report.
Rice said she did not buy the excuses Lucas had given Beahl during their interview and blamed the murder on one thing.
“It’s not a mental illness thing,” Rice said.
“She was on drugs. It’s drugs. So many other people really love them and could’ve been there to help them. But she wouldn’t allow that. She was too selfish. And now, they’re gone.”
The police did not drug test Lucas at the time of her arrest.
Durrell Howard, Jayden’s older brother, told local news that the boys’ biological families had called child protective services on Lucas multiple times before, though it is unclear how CPS responded in these instances.
“If it came to me snatching the boys out of the house, I should have and I will hold that on my back for the rest of my life. For both them boys,” Howard said of his regrets after losing his brothers.
Rice said that the family’s calls to CPS went unanswered.
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“We tried to help those boys. We’ve reached out to CPS and they never helped us. They never helped those boys,” explained the step-mother.
Funeral arrangments for the two boys have not yet been finalized.
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