– Mother Tells Police She Locked Kids In Closet
– Two Found Dead Ten Hours Later
A young mother from Ethiopia tells police she kept her five children in a bedroom closet for more than ten hours before finding two of them dead. A bed pushed against the door kept the five from escaping.
28-year-old Ebyan Farah, held on preliminary charges of neglect, tells interrogators she was “not in her right mind.”
Farah admits finding 5-year-old Zuhur Farah and her 3-year-old brother, Zakariya, dead when she opened the door late Sunday afternoon. She told investigators she placed the bodies on a couch downstairs.
When a family member came to the apartment and saw what had happened, he tried to call 911 but Farah grabbed the phone away from him.
It might be as much as three weeks before the Marion County Coroner’s office reaches a conclusion about the cause of death. A spokeswoman says the office is awating results of a toxicology test.
Two children are dead and three other children are in the custody of Child Protective Services after being taken from an apartment on the south side of Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Metro Police arrested their mother, 28-year-old Ebyan Farah, on two preliminary counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
The children, a 3-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, were found dead at 4663 Londonderry Court, which is off of Mann Road, near Kentucky Avenue. The Marion County Coroner’s Office hasn’t released their causes of death.
IMPD Sgt. Linda Jackson confirms the surviving children appeared to be malnourished when they were taken by paramedics to Riley Hospital.
Jackson says their mother may have ties to another country.
“I did hear, or it was relayed to me, that she’s Ethiopian, and I don’t know if she came here from that country or if she’s been in this country and then moved to this area recently,” Jackson said.
Two other men who were originally detained during the investigation have been released. They have not been charged.
Metro Police say the investigation is ongoing.
Farah is being held on a $200,000 bond.