New charges indicate DA believes twins were tortured before dying

UPDATE: Medford Mom Indicted, Life Without Parole?




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New charges have been added against the Medford woman accused of murdering her twin toddlers on her drive to Montauk on June 27 in an indictment issued by a grand jury in Riverside July 3.

According to online court files, Tenia Campbell, 24, has been charged with murder twice over for the death of each of her two-year-old daughters, Jasmine and Jaida Campbell. Beyond the original charges of murder in the second degree, for allegedly intentionally killing the two, she has also been charged with torturing the children before their deaths, which adds the charge of murder in the first degree for each. She now faces possible life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of the new charges.

Independent/T.E. McMorrow

The penal law that triggers the murder in the first-degree charges that have been brought against Campbell has 13 subsections. The only one that appears pertinent in Campbell’s case reads: “The defendant acted in an especially cruel and wanton manner pursuant to a course of conduct intended to inflict and inflicting torture upon the victim prior to the victim’s death.” Police and the district attorney’s office have not yet commented about how, exactly, they believe Campbell killed the girls.

Campbell told her mother via cell phone, according to the mother’s statement to police, “I killed them with my bare hands.”

The indictment against Campbell will be unsealed in the courtroom of New York State Justice Richard Ambro on Wednesday, July 10, in Riverside. At that time, the district attorney’s office will weigh in on how they believe the children were killed.

By T. E. McMorrow

Update: Medford Mom Indicted On 1st Degree Murder Charges

Charges indicates twins were tortured before death; faces life in prison without parole

The Medford woman who is charged with murdering her twin toddlers on her drive to Montauk on June 27 has been indicted.

According to the court files, Tenia Campbell, 24, has been charged with murder twice over for the death of each of her two-year-old daughters, Jasmine and Jaida Campbell. Beyond the original charges of murder in the second degree, for allegedly intentionally killing the two, she has, according to court records, also apparently been charged with torturing the children before allegedly killing them, which adds the charge of murder in the first degree. She now faces possible life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of the new charges.

The penal law that triggers the murder in the first degree charges that has been brought against Campbell has 13 subsections. It appears that the pertinent one in Campbell’s case reads: “The defendant acted in an especially cruel and wanton manner pursuant to a course of conduct intended to inflict and inflicting torture upon the victim prior to the victim’s death.” Police and the district attorney’s office have not commented, up until now, about how, exactly, they believe Campbell killed the girls.

Campbell told her mother via cell phone, according to the mother’s statement to police, “I killed them with my bare hands.”

The indictment against Campbell will be unsealed in the courtroom of New York State Justice Richard Ambro on July 10 in Riverside.

t.e@indyeastend.com