Mother arrested after her 'bound and restrained' daughter and son, ages 7 and 10 months, found dead in car

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Source: MEGA; Somerset County Prosecutor's Office

Nov. 11 2021, Published 9:13 a.m. ET

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A New Jersey mother is under arrest after her two children were found dead in the backseat of her car, police said

Just before 8 a.m. on Nov. 9, Hillsborough Township, New Jersey, police responded to a report about a disabled vehicle in a roadway.

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At the scene, officers found the car of 36-year-old Yuhwei Chou of Skillman in a ditch and observed her two children, Samantha Ross, 7, and Paul Ross, 10 months, were “bound and restrained” and secured in a booster and baby seat, prosecutors said.

The children were both unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene.

Robert Long told WCBS his son is a tow truck driver and called him right after discovering Chou’s vehicle.

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“He was shook up. He said he found a lady in the ditch and said he asked her if she was all right and she said ‘no,’ I think,” Long recalled. “And then he seen the babies and then he called the cops right away.”

Authorities alleged Chou killed her daughter and son and said detectives are investigating the events that led up to the children's deaths.

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“No motive has been released. An autopsy for the cause and manner of death will be performed by the Medical Examiner’s Office,” prosecutors said.

“I never saw any sign of her being a bad mom,” Chou’s neighbor, Austen Wang-Bailey, told WCBS.

“Why did she do that?” asked another neighbor, Helen Bailey. “I never even saw the little boy. I understand he was a beautiful little boy. The girl, she was a beautiful little girl. The cutest little thing.”

Chou was expected to be booked into the Somerset County Jail on two counts of first-degree murder after she received medical clearance from a local hospital.

Anyone with information about the homicides should contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, the Hillsborough Township Police Department at (908) 369-4323, or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at (888) 577-TIPS (8477).

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