Mother Arrested for Allegedly Killing 2 Daughters in Canal Where She Offered Baptism

A Florida mother was recently arrested and charged with the murder of her two children in a canal in which she offered to baptize children.

A spokesperson for the Lauderdale Police Department told Newsweek that on Tuesday night at approximately 9:30 p.m. local time, 36-year-old Tinessa Hogan was arrested and charged with counts of first-degree murder of her two daughters, 9-year-old Destiny Hogan and 7-year-old Daysha Hogan.

"Tinessa Hogan was transferred to the Broward County Main Jail without incident," the Lauderdale Police Department said in a press release sent to Newsweek.

Hogan's arrest comes a few weeks after both of her daughters were found dead, floating in a Lauderdale canal.

The Lauderdale Police Department said in a release that on June 22, officers were called to a canal at 5926 NW 21 Street following reports of a floating body. "Police and Fire arrived on scene and the body of a juvenile female was pulled from the water," the release said.

According to police, the individual was described as a "pre-teen black female wearing blue jean shorts and a gray shirt containing the word "Dance" on the front in rainbow colors." The individual was later identified as Destiny Hogan.

Police said that the body did not show any signs of trauma at the scene.

"The investigation revealed that the female juvenile was last seen on June 21st, 2021 at approximately 5:00 P.M. along with another black juvenile female. Through citizen accounts, Investigators determined that the second female juvenile may be missing and a parallel investigation began in an attempt to locate the second female," the Lauderdale Police Department said.

Shortly after police recovered the first body from the canal, Lauderdale police were again called following reports of a body floating in a canal near 2201 NW 59th Way.

"This female was described as being a juvenile black female wearing a tan shirt and flower pajama pants. She was later identified as Daysha Hogan," the Lauderdale Police Department said.

After both bodies were recovered from the canal, Tinessa Hogan was taken into custody, but police did not file any criminal charges against her.

According to WTVJ in Miami, days before the two girls were found in the canal, Tinessa Hogan was seen acting erratically, swimming in the canal. She was also offering to baptize children around the neighborhood in the canal, WTVJ reported.

Despite Hogan's arrest, the Lauderdale Police Department said that the case remains active and urged anyone with information to come forward.

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A Florida mother was recently arrested and charged with killing her two daughters, who were found floating in a canal. Larry W. Smith/Getty