An Indiana woman confessed to officials that she drowned her own two children after using drugs and hearing voices in her head that told her to “send her children to heaven.”
Brittany Danielle Medina, 33, entered the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday and admitted to deputies that she killed her three-year-old boy and one-year-old girl, court records show, according to The Herald-Times.
Medina told deputies she consumed Xanax, a suboxone strip — a prescription drug to treat opioid addiction — and snorted three lines of cocaine Monday night. The following morning, Medina, her children and her boyfriend woke up at about 6:30 a.m. Medina’s boyfriend went to work, leaving her alone with her children, and she fed her children and turned on cartoons for them.
The woman said she heard voices in her head at about 2:30 p.m. telling her that “she needed to send her children to heaven today or there will be someone come and take her two children and her and place them in a dark hole,” according to court records. She also said the voices told her “people would torture all three until the end of their lives if she didn’t send the children to heaven today.”
After going to a bathroom in the home and filling the bathtub with water, Medina said she brought both children into the bathroom, told them she loved them and gave them kisses. She then “submerged both children simultaneously underneath the water by holding them both around their necks until (the boy) no longer had a pulse and both quit moving,” according to a probable cause affidavit.
Medina said she exited the bathtub, went to her bedroom and put on dry clothes. She went back into the bathroom and observed both children lying still in the bathtub. She told deputies the water was completely still.
According to court records, Medina then left her home and drove to the sheriff’s office, told deputies what happened and gave a detective a key to her home.
About 20 minutes later, law enforcement entered the home and went to the bathroom where Media said the children were. The detective and a Mitchell Police officer then discovered the children’s lifeless bodies in the bathtub, appearing to have drowned.
Indiana State Police processed the crime scene, and the Lawrence County Coroner’s Office removed the bodies that night.
Medina was arrested on two preliminary counts of murder and booked into the Lawrence County Jail. She is being held without bond. Indiana State Police are requesting that Medina face an additional two charges of neglect of a dependent child causing death.
Country music legend Lee Greenwood knows the importance of creating from the heart.
The “God Bless the USA” singer has more than half a century of experience in the entertainment world, with dozens of hit songs and albums under his belt.
When it comes to artificial intelligence and figuring out if AI has a place in the ever-changing landscape of the music industry, Greenwood took a cue from the past.
“I approach this just like when guitar players first got a wah-wah pedal and the chorus on an organ – it’s like, it’s kind of a new thing,” he told Fox News Digital. “If it’s going to be helpful, that’s fine.”
The “Somebody’s Gonna Love You” singer has been a mainstay on the country music charts ever since he was discovered in Nevada years ago.
“It will not replace the human ability to be creative,” he said.
“I would never encourage artists to do that, to fall back on something that takes place over your own creative ability. So, I don’t know.”
He’s had a few discussions with his family about the presence of AI in the recording industry.
“My two sons have said that AI has a place, and it will actually take over human input in years to come,” Greenwood said. “I don’t agree with that.”
Greenwood has two sons, Dalton and Parker, with his wife of more than 30 years, Kimberly Payne, a former Miss Tennessee USA.
Just as with any instrument, Greenwood thinks AI can be a useful device to advance technology.
“I believe that, in the end, it’ll just be a tool to use in all [industries], and hopefully it will advance the human race,” he said.
“It will let us be quicker and faster to resolve problems such as disease, overpopulation and ecology.”
A massive manhunt for the man accused of killing a young tech CEO in Baltimore is over after police announced his arrest late Wednesday night.
Jason Billingsley, 32, was reportedly arrested without incident at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday after authorities tracked him to the MARC Train Station of Laurel-Bowie Road in Bowie, Prince George’s County, Maryland, according to FOX 45 Baltimore.
Baltimore police did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for details on Billingsley’s arrest, but did share that a news conference on his apprehension will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday.
Billingsley is accused of killing Pava Marie LaPere, the 26-year-old CEO of EcoMap Technologies who recently received a Forbes 30 Under 30 award in the social impact category. She was found dead, with signs of blunt-force trauma, at an apartment complex in the 300 block of West Franklin Street in Baltimore at 11:34 a.m. Monday shortly after a missing persons report was filed on her behalf.
Baltimore authorities announced Billingsley as the alleged suspect during a news conference on Tuesday, prompting an intense search for the convicted felon who “will do anything he can to cause harm,” according to Acting Police Commissioner Richard Worley.
Worley warned that Billingsley “will kill and he will rape,” and asked residents to stay aware of their surroundings.
Court records obtained by Fox News Digital revealed Billingsley has a criminal history dating back to 2009, when he was convicted of first-degree assault and violation of probation. Both carried a sentence of five and three years, respectively.
He was also sentenced to 30 years in prison on Feb. 4, 2015, after being convicted of a first-degree forcible sex offense, which he had been in custody for since July 11, 2013. He was released from prison in October 2022 after being given 16 years of suspended time and five years of parole.
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said Tuesday, “there’s no way in hell he should have been out on the street.”
Billingsley is facing multiple charges in LaPere’s death, including first-degree murder and assault.
He is also wanted in connection to a Sept. 19 attempted murder, arson and rape that occurred in the 800 block of Edmondson Avenue, according to Baltimore police.
A potential motive, if any, has not yet been revealed, but Baltimore police said they don’t believe he had any sort of relationship with LaPere.
Fox News Digital’s Adam Sabes contributed to this report.