Heather Marie Langdon is facing murder charges after police say she drowned her two baby boys. The 37-year-old mother had been staying at a motel in Tulare County, California with her twin sons.
Police were called to the motel during the morning of December 6, 2018. The babies were rushed to the hospital but soon pronounced dead. After questioning Langdon and obtaining a search warrant for the motel room, police placed her under arrest.
Langdon’s sister, Teresa Langdon, shared with KSEE-TV that her nephew’s names were Mason and Maddox Murguia.
Tulare County is located in central California, about 65 miles north of Bakersfield.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. First Responders Tried to Revive the Baby Boys
Sergeant Jon Hamlin of the Tulare Police Department said dispatch received a 911 call around 7:45 a.m. The caller said that two infants had drowned. Hamlin did not specify who made the phone call.
First responders arrived at the Virginia Motor Lodge Motel, where the family had been staying, and immediately began efforts to revive the babies. The boys were rushed to Tulare Regional Medical Center, where they were later pronounced dead.
The motel does not have a pool, leading to the assumption the boys likely drowned in a bathtub.
2. Police: Officers Helped Heather Langdon Find the Motel Room After She Was Kicked Out of a Shelter
Sergeant Hamlin explained that Heather Langdon and her two sons, now identified by a family member as Mason and Maddox, had been staying at a woman’s shelter. But the family was forced to leave. Langdon had reportely been part of some sort of disturbance and was kicked out.
Sergeant Jon Hamlin responded via email to Heavy that police do not yet have information as to why Langdon and her sons had been staying in a shelter.
The owner of the motel, Jay Bhakta, told the Visalia Times Delta that police officers had dropped off Langdon and the boys there during the evening of December 5. He said he did not charge Langdon for the room because he felt he wanted to help her.
Bhakta said he was shocked when he saw the babies being taken away in two ambulances. “In 26 years, this is the first time I’ve seen this.”
3. Heather Langdon Could Face the Death Penalty if Convicted on Murder Charges
Heather Langdon was arrested and booked into an adult pre-trial facility in Tulare County. Tulare Police confirmed that she had been facing two counts of murder.
On December 10, 2018, the Tulare County District Attorney, Tim Ward, revealed that Langdon could face the death penalty if convicted. She faces the following charges:
• First-degree murder, 2 counts
• Assault on a Child Causing Death, 2 charges
• Special circumstance that multiple murders were committed
If convicted, Langdon could also serve life in prison without the possibility of parole. The District Attorney said in the news release that she is eligible for the death penalty, but did not specifically clarify whether prosecutors would pursue it. Langdon was due in court on Tuesday, December 11, to be formally arraigned on the charges. Bail was set at $80,000.
Inmate records with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office show that Langdon also faces charges including battery of a spouse and driving while under the influence of alcohol.
4. Family: Heather Langdon Was Divorced From the Babies’ Father & Has Three Older Sons
Inmate records show that Heather Marie Langdon is 37 years old. Her birthday is listed as October 2, 1981. The Tulare County District Attorney said she lived in Goshen, California, a small town in Tulare County.
Tulare Police have not yet publicly shared the name of the father of the twin boys. But Langdon’s sister, Teresa Langdon, spoke with KSEE-TV about the family. She said that the boys’ names were Mason and Maddox Murguia.
According to Teresa, Heather Langdon was divorced from the twins’ father. They also share three older sons. Teresa said she saw her sister a few days prior to Mason and Maddox’s deaths and that everything had seemed normal. She told the TV station, “not only have I lost my two nephews, I have lost my sister as well. If she did do this, it is unforgivable.”
5. Heather Langdon Had One Prior Case in the California Court System But The Details are Unclear
Heather Marie Langdon does not appear to have a documented criminal history. Her name does not come up in a federal database of records.
There is one case listed with the Superior Court of Californa. People vs. Langdon, Heather does not include an online case summary; we have reached out to the court to learn more. All the filing shows is that a $50,000 bond was posted on May 1, 2017. There was a hearing on June 7, 2017. The file says the bond was exhonerated on that date.
We reached out to Sergeant Jon Hamlin of the Tulare Police Department asking about whether Langdon has a criminal record in Tulare County. He responded via email that that information is not available right now.