Greenville, N.C. (The Weekly Vice) - Leticia Silva, a 31-year-old Florida woman, has been charged after she allegedly mailed her young children a knife, then instructed them to kill their grandparents with it.
According to the Pitt County Sheriff's Office, Silva lost custody of her two daughters (ages 7 and 9) seven years ago when she was arrested in Florida for possession of methamphetamine.
The two children were removed from Silva's care and sent to live with their paternal grandparents in Greenville, North Carolina. Both children remain in the care and custody of their grandparents.
Investigators say Silva plotted to have the grandparents (her former in-laws) murdered while she was incarcerated in a Florida prison.
In December, Silva mailed a switchblade pocket knife to her daughters with a written note instructing them to murder their grandparents with it. Silva then called her daughters around Christmas time and instructed them to grab a steak knife from the kitchen and use it for the murder instead.
The murder plot began to unravel in February when the childrens' grandmother found the knife under a pillow while changing the girls' bed sheets. That's when the grandmother brought the two girls to the Pitt County Sheriff's Office, and the girls explained what they had been instructed to do with the knives.
Silva, who was out of jail and had traveled to North Carolina, turned herself in at the Pitt County Detention Center on Monday. She has been charged with four counts of first-degree solicitation to commit murder. She remains in jail in lieu of a $5 million bond.
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