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Mother charged with 2 toddlers' deaths

Posted at 8:05 AM, Oct 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-16 08:05:55-04

ATLANTA (WGCL/CNN) - Two toddlers were found dead late Friday night, and the mother of the children was charged with murder.

The toddlers, Jakarter and Keyaunte, were found with burns on their body from the stove after their mother, Lamora Williams, said she left them home with a family member for at least 11 hours.

Williams is charged with two counts of murder after police didn't believe her story.

Of the three brothers ages 3, 2 and 1 years old, only the 3-year-old made it out uninjured. Police said the children had obvious injuries, including burns.   

Late Saturday night, family and friends gathered for a candelight vigil.

The boy's grandfather was heartbroken and vocal after learning what the mother allegedly has done: "Don't be stubborn, trying to get back at somebody out of nothing. Think about the kids first."

Willie Watkins Funeral Home plans to help out with funeral arrangements and contacted the father Sunday.

Jameel Penn, the boy's father, created a GoFundme account, saying: "I want everyone to use my story as a helping hand. I lost my two young boys to violence and I want to be a difference maker in someone elses life to prevent a child being hurt."

"Not too good right now, he's not good at all," Demetri Whitaker, a close family friend, said of the father's emotional state. "Kids shouldn't be left alone."

Meantime, as family and friends continue to grieve, Williams will face a Judge Monday morning.

"I have no remorse for the mama because it took every part of strength from me not to go over there to that police car," said a neighbor, who asked to remain unnamed.

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