Police say Lakeland mom asked her kids to kill - WFLA News Channel 8

Police say Lakeland mom asked her kids to kill

Posted: Updated:

A North Carolina judge set a Lakeland mother's bond at $5 million dollars for plotting to have her children murder her former in-laws.

Leticia Silva, 31, is accused of mailing her 7 and 9-year-old daughters a knife. Pitt County Sheriff's officials said she asked the girls to use the weapon to kill their paternal grandparents.

"It's hard to say what a child's going to do," said Pitt County Sheriff's Det. Charles Mitchell. "The grandparents have told me that they have spoken to the children and neither one of them would carry it out."

Silva lost custody of her daughters when she was arrested in Florida for possession of methamphetamines and sentenced to prison. Her children were sent to live with their grandparents in Greenville, NC.

"Her one goal in life was to get them back," said Silva's friend Mary Snell.

Snell said Silva worked hard to turn her life around and try to regain custody of her children.  Her North Carolina in-laws asked to relinquish all parental rights, according to Snell.

"I think they set her up big time," said Snell. "She's not capable of doing something like that."

Detectives said they have evidence to prove Silva set up a plot to kill the couple, which involved her young daughters.

"The grandmother actually located a knife in one of the children's bedrooms, underneath the pillow," said Det. Mitchell.

Authorities in North Carolina said Silva turned herself into the Pitt County Sheriff's Office Monday. She is charged with four counts of first degree solicitation to commit murder.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Girl, 9, hit by plane on Venice beach dies from injuries

    Girl, 9, hit by plane on Venice beach dies from injuries

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:45:10 GMT
    Ommy Irizarry with daughter Oceana - Courtesy InstagramOmmy Irizarry with daughter Oceana - Courtesy Instagram
    9-year-old Oceana Irizzary, who was critically injured in the plane crash off Caspersen Beach in Venice on Sunday afternoon, has died.
    9-year-old Oceana Irizzary, who was critically injured in the plane crash off Caspersen Beach in Venice on Sunday afternoon, has died.
  • Debate over debates in gubernatorial race

    Debate over debates in gubernatorial race

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:43:38 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist are both proposing general election debates in the gubernatorial race this fall. Scott’s campaign on Tuesday said the governor would participate in three. Crist countered, saying he wanted more debates and proposing a slate of seven
    Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist are both proposing general election debates in the gubernatorial race this fall. Scott’s campaign on Tuesday said the governor would participate in three. Crist countered, saying he wanted more debates and proposing a slate of seven
  • Venice pilot releases statement on what happened during deadly crash on beach

    Venice pilot releases statement on what happened during deadly crash on beach

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:01 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:01:38 GMT
    A statement from Karl Kokomoor is read by the pastor as his wife (far left) listens.A statement from Karl Kokomoor is read by the pastor as his wife (far left) listens.
    The pilot of the plane that crashed on Caspersen beach on July 27th killing a father and his 9 yr old daughter released a statement through the pastor of his church late Tuesday. As the pastor read the statementfrom Karl Kokomoor, the pilot's wife listened as details of what happened during thedeadly plane crash were revealed in a press conference at the church.
    The pilot of the plane that crashed on Caspersen beach on July 27th killing a father and his 9 yr old daughter released a statement through the pastor of his church late Tuesday. As the pastor read the statementfrom Karl Kokomoor, the pilot's wife listened as details of what happened during thedeadly plane crash were revealed in a press conference at the church.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.