Bible Verse Being Investigated as Possible Motivation for Toddler's Alleged Murder
Detectives working a case of a Jupiter woman who allegedly killed her ex-partner's 2-year-old daughter and attempted to kill the girl's 10-year-old brother are investigating a note left by the woman that references, among other things, a Bible verse on child sacrifice.
Kimberly Dawn Lucas was arrested and is being held at Palm Beach County Jail after she allegedly tried to poison both children Monday afternoon and allegedly drowned the girl in the bathtub.
Lucas and her longtime partner had raised the boy and girl since their birth.
On Wednesday, details emerged about a note left by Lucas that references a sermon she heard at Metropolitan Community Church on Sunday, the day before the death of the little girl.
According to the police report, police found a computer left on in the home where the murder of 2-year-old Elliana and the attempted murder of 10-year-old Ethan took place, with a message for whoever found it.
"In YOUR WORDS "WHEN YOU ARE LAYING IN BED AT NIGHT REMEMBER YOU FUCKING DID THIS TO YOURSELF!" the note says. "Lea's sermon really, really touched me yesterday but God never told me to stop.
"Hell is what we (go) through on Earth. Enjoyed your life with possiblego out without us, he manage but give you finally what you what want because apparently over the past 20 years I was not able to. Love you Always Kimberly."
According to police, Lucas tried to give the children pills. Lucas told Ethan his pill would make him grow faster, so he took his with coffee. Elliana refused to take hers, investigators say.
Shortly after, Ethan said he felt dizzy and laid down on his bed. When he woke up, he couldn't find his sister. Lucas, meanwhile, was passed out on the bed.
Ethan noticed the bathroom door locked and managed to pry it open with a knife. Once inside, he found Elliana submerged in the bathtub.
Ethan called 911, but by the time authorities arrived at the home, the girl was dead.
Lucas was found unresponsive and was taken to a hospital in critical condition before being transferred to the county jail Tuesday afternoon.
Police say the note left behind references the sermon given by Metropolitan Community Church Pastor Dr. Lea Brown.
"Her sermon covered Genesis 22, in which God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac," the police report says. "But at the last minute, God stops him from doing so."
Dr. Brown confirmed to police that Lucas and Ethan had attended the church service the Sunday before the tragedy and also confirmed giving a sermon on Genesis 22.
"It's what I was called to do," Brown told CBS12. "There's no way anyone could have predicted this."
According to police, Ethan's urinalysis showed a positive test for benzodiazepine, which is a drug used to treat anxiety.
On Wednesday, a judge ordered that Lucas remain in the Palm Beach County Jail until a full bond hearing is scheduled. She was also ordered to not have any contact with Ethan or her ex-partner.
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