09/08/2014 09:17 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Mother Admits Smothering Children, Faces Murder Charges

A Maryland woman has been charged with murder in the apparent smothering deaths of her children.

According to WJLA, police said Sonya Katrina Spoon, 24, suffocated her two children, Kayla, 3, and Ayden, 1, at her parents' home in Cheverly this weekend. Cops are still trying to piece together the young mother's motive.

“There’s no need for the community to be afraid. This doesn’t appear to be a random act,” Cheverly Police Detective Bernard Jones told CBS Baltimore.

Police responded to reports of two unconscious children at the home early Sunday. The children were reported to have had difficulty breathing.

Neighbors told WJZ that they woke to a commotion across the street.

“My two oldest woke me up when they noticed all the flashing lights from the police cars and ambulances that were out here,” one woman, who was not identified, told the station. “They kind of made a big commotion because they saw one of the children being brought out.”

The children were taken to an area hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Spoon, who was adopted from Russia and raised in the United States, had been staying with her parents. She admitted smothering her young kids, police said.

Neighbors said that a couple had lived at the home, and that they'd never noticed anything wrong.

"Wonderful couple, they were always really polite. It's a shame that happened. I don't know what happened but it's always been really quiet," a neighbor, who was not identified, told WUSA.

Spoon is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and second-degree assault, and is being held without bond.

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