A five-year-old boy and a four-month-old baby girl lost their chance at life after their mother suspected her husband impregnated another woman, leading to her apparent jealous murder-suicide plot.

A Bronx, N.Y. schoolteacher, Lissette Bamenga, 29, was accused of mixing Trevor Noel, Jr. and Liliane Noel’s juice with de-icing fluid, killing both children, according to The New York Post. She attempted suicide by slitting her own wrists, but survived and was charged with two counts of murder.

The Post reported neighbors complained of a pungent gas smell, and called 911 at approximately 11 p.m. July 5. Witnesses saw paramedics attempt CPR on Trevor, Jr. when they pulled him out of a gas-filled apartment to the hallway.

“The gasses tend to have more effect on the brain and nervous system. The windshield washer fluid tends to have other types of effects, more like the kidneys and GI (gastrointestinal) tract,” said Dr. Richard Stripp, a toxicologist based in East Northport, N.Y. “They’re both toxic, but they’re toxic in different ways.”

He added that chemicals, such as the de-icing fluid, “are usually toxic when orally administered.”

According to the Post, the children’s autopsy results are pending to see which of the lethal components took their lives.

Bamenga sealed the windows and doors of the ninth-floor apartment she shared with her husband rookie NYPD Officer Trevor Noel, and then turned on the gas stove. She slit her own wrists in a failed suicide attempt, according to The Post, but the slashes were not deep enough to be fatal.

CBS New York reported that neighbors heard Officer Noel banging on the door trying to get inside when he returned home.

Bamenga allegedly scribbled two suicide notes for her husband: “You got what you wanted. Me and the kids are in a better place now,” and “DNR” (do not resuscitate). She is in custody at Elmhurst General Hospital to undergo psychiatric testing, according to The New York Daily News.

Jessika Morgan

AFRO Staff Writer