KENOSHA -- Lucia Hernandez Alvarez was charged on Thursday, September 17th in connection with the deaths of her two children, three-year-old Alicia Hernandez and one-year-old Javier Hernandez. Lucia Hernandez Alvarez is slated to be in a Kenosha County courtroom on Thursday afternoon for her initial appearance.
The charges filed against Hernandez Alvarez include the following:
- First-degree intentional homicide (2 counts)
- False imprisonment (2 counts)
- Administering dangerous or stupefying drug (2 counts)
Investigators say late Friday night, September 11th, Hernandez Alvarez murdered her children in their Kenosha home near 50th St. and 33rd Ave. Police responded to the home around 3:15 a.m. on Saturday after receiving two 911 calls -- one from the husband of Hernandez Alvarez, the other from her sister.
When police arrived on the scene, officers went into the home and found the two children in a bedroom "lying motionless" on top of a bed. The criminal complaint indicates there were "no obvious external signs of blood or trauma."
Lucia Hernandez Alvarez was also in the bedroom. The complaint says she had cuts to her arms and hands. After responding to the officers' commands to lay down on the ground, they took her into custody.
As they escorted her out of the home, Hernandez Alvarez "uttered without emotion, 'It was all me, I did it." On the way to the hospital, the complaint says she told rescue personnel she had "consumed tequila and three bottles of pills."
In court earlier this week, more details about this case were revealed in part through Alvarez's alleged statements to police.
"The, quote, best decision, unquote was to make the children fall asleep with medication, like Tylenol, and Motrin, before she killed them," said Jason Zapf, Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney.
Friday night, after allegedly forcing her daughter to drink an entire bottle of liquid Motrin followed by a bottle of liquid Tylenol, Hernandez Alvarez is said to have given Javier Tylenol and teething pain tablets before suffocating him.
"The defendant said to police that she held the bag and the pillow over her son's face, until he stopped shaking," said Zapf.
Next, Hernandez Alvarez allegedly approached her daughter and suffocated her, also with bags, and held her daughter on a couch.
"The defendant, while holding her daughter, then made the sign of the cross over her. Her daughter then looked up and said, 'Goodnight,' and 'I love you, Mommy,' before falling asleep," said Zapf.
Hernandez Alvarez then allegedly killed her daughter in the same manner as her son.
After failing to kill herself with alcohol and pills, the prosecution says Hernandez Alvarez began cutting herself.
A fundraiser honoring the memory of the two children is scheduled for Thursday evening at Kenosha's Lotus Sports Bar beginning at 9 p.m.
A mass of Christian burial for Alicia and Javier will be held on Friday, September 18th at 6 p.m. at St. Mark’s Catholic Church located at 7117 14th Avenue in Kenosha. A venue visitation with the family will be held at the church on Friday from 4 p.m. until the time of service — the burial service will be private.
Flowers and memorial donations to the children’s family would be appreciated. A GoFundMe page has also been set up for Alicia and Javier.