SHOCK: Suicidal mother Lisette Bamenga gave her two kids, five year old Trevor Noel Jr. and his 4-month-old sister Lillian, ”a fatal drink containing chemical de-icer” and then turning on the gas in her Bronx apartment before attempting suicide by slitting her wrists, the NY Daily News reports. Police reportedly found a suicide note from Bamenga near the bodies of the two kids, saying they would be in “a better place.” The father of the children, Trevor Noel, is a first-year police officer with the New York Police Department.
Bamenga tried sealing the windows of the ninth-floor Nobel Ave. home with plastic and tape before turning on the burners of her gas stove, according to the source.
She then slashed her wrists in a failed attempt to kill herself.
An upstairs tenant in the building called 911 just before midnight Thursday to report a gas leak. First responders arrived at 11:53 p.m. to find a gruesome sight inside apartment 9N: The unresponsive Trevor Noel Jr. and his 4-month-old sibling Liliane lying on the floor inside the southeast Bronx home. Source: NY Daily News
There are no words to describe the immense sorry I feel for these two children and their father. Obviously Lisette Bamenga is mentally ill. How else can you explain why a mother would kill her two children. Could this have been the result of postpartum depression? Still, it’s very sad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to both families.
UPDATE#1: Lisette Bamenga, who taught at PS 58 in Brooklyn, was charged with two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of her children, allegedly in retaliation against her husband, a police officer with Manhattan’s 28th Precinct, for having an affair.