June 25, 2010

Jewell Hendricks - Charged With Killing Twin Because She “Only Wanted One Baby”

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Odgen, Utah (The Weekly Vice) - Jewell Hendricks, a 25-year-old Odgen woman was jailed after she allegedly killed one of her infant twins because she only wanted one baby and he wouldn't stop crying.

According to Odgen police, Hendricks woke up her husband, Phillip Hendricks, around 6:00 a.m. on January 24th to tell him that one of their twins was not breathing. Mr. Hendricks called 911 and attempted CPR, but it was too late. Two-month-old Robert Hendricks was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Investigators say when they questioned Mrs. Hendricks, she admitted to killing the infant simply because she didn't love him as much as his twin brother Daniel, and her life would be easier with one child instead of two. She told detectives that she first held the baby in a burping position and squeezed him hard enough to possibly break his collar bone, not stopping until he quit crying. She then placed him in a sleeping bag, put him in between the couch cushions, and rolled over him for several hours until he suffocated.

Hendricks was booked into jail and charged with first-degree felony murder. She was also charged with misdemeanor child abuse for reportedly pinching and squeezing the surviving twin when he cried, days before she killed his brother. That twin is now in state custody. Hendricks is due to appear in court July 9th.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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