Bronx mother charged with murder after allegedly killing her 5-year-old twins

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Police investigate the Mount Hope apartment in December following the death of two 5-year old twins. The NYPD announced that the children’s mother was arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter in connection with the murders.
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A Bronx mother was arrested Thursday after allegedly neglecting and killing her two 5-year-old children, according to authorities.

On April 11, police officers from the 46th Precinct arrested 42-year old Mount Hope resident Gloria Asamoah in connection with the Dec. 18 murders of her five-year old twin children.

Police reported that 5-year old George Kantanka and his 5-year old sister Gianna Kantanka, who are twins, were both found dead inside Asamoah’s Mount Hope apartment after officers responded to an emergency call for an aided child at the residence.

The officers found both children unconscious inside the location before EMS arrived and pronounced both children dead at the scene.

According to previous reports by both the Bronx Times and amNewYork Metro, the twins had both been reported as having been ill for the two weeks prior to their deaths.

Asamoah, reported to be an immigrant from Ghana, previously told authorities that she had last seen her twin children at 5 a.m. on Dec. 18, but also said that both of the twins’ bodies were cold when she found them later that same morning.

Soon after, police reported that the twins — both of whom had previously been diagnosed as special needs — did not receive any medical treatment over the course of time in which they were sick.

The father of the deceased twins, a sleep-in healthcare aid and also a Ghana immigrant, was not present at the apartment at the time of their deaths.

Asamoah is facing murder and manslaughter charges in connection with the twins’ deaths.

A police spokesperson on Friday told the Bronx Times that a motive behind the killings has not yet been identified.

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