A bible waving woman has been arrested in Florida over the deaths of her two daughters
The sisters aged nine and seven were found floating in a Florida canal
Their ‘evangelist’ mother is named as a person of interest after being seen ‘swimming with a Bible and offering to baptize [neighborhood] kids in the water’
Tinessa Hogan, 36, is being held as a person of interest in the deaths of her daughters Destiny, 9, and 7-year-old Daysha
The girls were found eight hours apart floating in a canal in Lauderhill, Florida on Tuesday
Hogan was taken away from a nearby apartment complex in an ambulance, hours after the first body was found but before the second was discovered
As deputies cuffed her and took her away she was screaming ‘I am God! I am the devil!’
Neighbors say she’d been seen swimming with a Bible on Monday, offering to baptize kids in the canal, other local residents say she has a cult-like personality and wanted to evangelize people
Though in custody she reportedly hasn’t been arrested and isn’t in jail – leading to speculation that she is being held in a psychiatric institution under Florida’s Baker Act
Police are trying to verify her ties to a church organization, if any
The mother of two young sisters who were found dead floating in a Florida canal has been taken into custody on suspicion of killing them amid claims she was offering to baptize people’s children in the water.
Tinessa Hogan, 36, was taken into custody in Lauderhill, Florida, on Tuesday, a day after her daughters Destiny, nine, and Daysha, seven, were found dead.
Police have not arrested her but she is in custody, leading to the belief that they have detained her under Florida’s Baker Act, which applies to people with mental illness.
A video recorded by a local resident shows Hogan being handcuffed next to a tree in Florida on Wednesday.
The first girl’s body was found on Tuesday at 12pm, after it floated past an apartment complex. The other sister’s body was found eight hours later.
Police were alerted to the scene shortly after noon when a woman in a nearby apartment complex spotted the first body floating in the water. Investigators say there were no obvious signs of trauma on Daysha’s body.
Destiny had pale white hands, and a white substance on her face. Autopsies were completed on Wednesday, although their results have not been released.
Neighbors say Tinessa had been offering to baptize their kids in the canal on Monday – which is the last time the girls were seen alive.
The bodies of two young girls were discovered, hours apart, floating in a canal behind a condominium in Lauderhill, Florida, on Tuesday. One of the bodies is seen under a tarp after investigators recovered it from the water
Some told The Sun Sentinel that Tinessa had a ‘cult like personality’ and wanted to evangelize. She was carrying a bible when she was taken into custody and was shouting: ‘I am God! and !I am the devil!’
Neighbor Lawana Johnson told CBS Miami of a worrying encounter she had with Hogan on Monday, saying: ‘She was in the water swimming, she had a bible and she told me to come here.
‘I said, “Why?” She said she wanted to baptize me. She say God told her, I say “God didn’t tell you anything.”‘
Tinessa was taken into custody before police had found the second daughter’s body. It’s unclear if police even knew she was the girls’ mother when she was taken away from in an ambulance, not far from the canal where the girls were found.
Authorities are investigating if Tinessa was part of a church or a religious organization: ‘If you know the family, the children, if you’re familiar with the relationship, if you’re familiar with any churches or organizations that they may be a part of, we desperately need to know what the relationship was and how this may have happened,’ Lauderhill Police Lt. Mike Bigwood. said at a press conference on Wednesday.
He said he had been told by neighbors that she was offering to baptize their kids in the canal, but he wouldn’t comment on it.
He also wouldn’t specify whether she was being held in jail or in a mental facility, just said that she was ‘no longer in the community’.
Neighbor Cheryl Robinson told the Sentinel that Hogan had a ‘cult like’ personality. A social media account belonging to someone of the same name includes religious references.
It’s unclear where the family was living, but recent property records for Hogan lists her last address as a home in Daytona, more than 200 miles north of where the girls died.