A North Carolina mother could be put to death or behind bars for the rest of her life if she is convicted of killing her two small children.
Over the weekend on Saturday, Raleigh police say around 9:38 p.m., they responded to a call about two children dead at Duke Raleigh Hospital on Wake Forest Road.
Police did not say how the two children died, but Battle’s father said he was told that the children were left inside a hot car and, as a result, died.
The mother, Launice Battle, 29, is facing two counts of murder for the death of three-year-old Amora Lou Milbourne and two-year-old Trinity Michelle Milbourne.
Battle’s grandmother, Dr. Ruth Allen, told local reporters that the family hadn’t seen or heard from Battle in two weeks.
Five hours before Allen received a phone call about her great-granddaughters being deceased, she said Battle’s boyfriend called them asking if they knew where Battle was.
He was asking us where she was at, have we seen her? Was she here? explained Allen. I told her, no we haven’t seen her. He said, ‘I don’t know. Something ain’t right.’
Allen said that three-year-old Amora was under her care for two years after social services placed her in the home.
She said that Battle lost custody of the girls because she kept missing doctors’ appointments.
In December 2021, the two girls moved to Cary, North Carolina, with their mother, Battle.
Birth records show Battle also has a son, Haven Gabriel, born in August 2016. Haven was believed to be in the care of his father.
Battle made her first-court appearance Monday where she was appointed a public defender.
She is due back in court on September 19.
She remains in jail with no bond.
Police have not released any further details about this incident, except Battle was arrested and charged with killing her daughters.
This story is very much still developing.