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Woman accused of trying to get children to kill her in-laws

Posted March 4, 2013

— A Florida woman surrendered to Pitt County authorities on Monday on charges that she tried to persuade her children to kill her in-laws.

Leticia M. Silva, 31, of Lakeland, Fla., is charged with four counts of first-degree solicitation to commit murder. She was being held in the Pitt County jail under a $5 million secured bond.

Investigators said Silva contacted her children in December and asked them to kill their grandparents. The couple lives in Pitt County and has permanent custody of the children.

The grandparents learned of the alleged plot last month, prompting the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office to investigate. The children revealed that Silva mailed a knife to them, authorities said.

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  • JDAmbrosio Mar 5, 8:42 a.m.

    Wow, how could it ever come to that...

  • sssteph42 Mar 5, 8:25 a.m.

    "Just curious, how old were the children?"

    Other reports I've read said they were all under 12 years old!

  • Sweet summertime Mar 5, 8:19 a.m.

    She even looks evil.

  • fuzzybear10597 Mar 4, 7:02 p.m.

    Just curious, how old were the children?

  • dontgetmestarted Mar 4, 7:02 p.m.

    I wonder why the grandparents have permanent custody of her children? (Sarcasm) SMH