Bullitt County mother accused of killing her two sons says ‘it was an accident’

Bullitt County mother accused of killing her two sons says ‘it was an accident’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – A Bullitt County detective testified in court Tuesday morning, sharing new details in the case of a mother accused of killing her two sons.

Tiffany Lucas, 32, of Shepherdsville, is being held in the Bullitt County Detention Center on a $2 million cash bond. Lucas is accused of shooting and killing her two sons, Jayden Howard, 9, and Maurice Baker Jr., 6.

During his testimony, the investigator recalled details from the day of the shooting. He said two calls came in around the same time, reporting a shooting at a home in the 200 block of Bentwood Drive. One of the phone calls was made by neighbors who live next door.

When police arrived, the woman who lived next door was trying to help Lucas, who was lying in their driveway.

Officers entered Lucas’ home and found the man who lived next door inside the bedroom trying to provide medical care to the two boys, who had been shot in the head.

When officers asked the man if their mother was responsible for the shooting, the man pointed to the gun on the bed and said yes. The boys were taken to the hospital where they later died.

The neighbor told police when he pulled into the driveway, he saw Lucas walking down the steps of his porch before collapsing in the driveway.

When he approached her, Lucas told him that “her children are dying.” That’s when he went inside and found the boys. He stayed with them until EMS arrived.

Video surveillance from a relative’s home showed Lucas leaving her home and going to her neighbors. The investigator said no other people were seen entering the home before or exiting other than Lucas.

Four gunshots can be heard in the video. Shortly after the latest shooting, Lucas ran out of her home and screamed for help.

Lucas was taken to the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office and interviewed. During the interview, Lucas was asked if she meant to hurt her children.

“It was an accident,” she replied.

When asked about the firearm, Lucas admitted that she had left it in the bedroom and that someone had given it to her. She told investigators that no one went home that day.

Lucas also made comments during the interview such as “I’m in such a bad place” and “I’m so stupid,” the investigator said.

During the three-hour interview, she also told the investigator: “I would never do anything like this unless someone manipulated me.”

Her bond will remain set at $2 million.

Michelle Rice is Maurice’s stepmother. Rice was present at Tuesday’s preliminary hearing because she said she wanted to support the boys.

“They didn’t deserve this. They were too happy.” She said through tears. “We tried to help these boys. We reached out to CPS and they never helped us, and they never helped these boys. We loved them so much.”

Rice does not believe it was an accident.

“A lot of people really loved them and could have helped them, but (Lucas) wouldn’t let it. It was very selfish. And now they’re gone,” she said.

It was Morris’s first year in kindergarten, Rice said. He loved animals, playing soccer, and video games.

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