A MUM who searched “how to commit the perfect murder” online has been charged with killing her two children – two years apart.
Stephany Lafountain, 23, of Fairbanks, Alaska, is accused of murdering her four-month-old daughter in 2015 and a 13-month-old girl in November last year.
It was only when police started investigating the death of her second child that they stumbled across a series of morbid internet searches.
Detectives learned that an hour before her second child died, Lafountain searched online on how to kill without being detected.
Among the searches: “Ways to suffocate,” ″Best ways to suffocate” and “Ways to kill human with no proof.”
Lafountain also searched whether drowning could show up in an autopsy report, “suffocating and smothering” and how to commit the perfect murder, police said.
An investigation has found that both girls’ – who have not been named – deaths exhibited signs of being suffocated, police said.
Lafountain was arrested on Thursday afternoon and appeared before a judge from Fairbanks Correctional Center via video camera yesterday.
Fairbanks Police Chief Eric Jewkes called the cases an “unimaginable tragedy,” but did not discuss a possible motive.
Lafountain was married to a soldier and living on Fort Wainwright Army Post when she called 911 to report that her daughter had stopped breathing.
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Fairbanks Police say Stephany Lafountain looked up the following terms online an hour before she called 911 to report her 13-month-old daughter wasn’t breathing in November last year:
• ways to suffocate
• best ways to suffocate
• ways to kill human with no proof
• can drowning show in an autopsy report
• 16 steps to kill someone and not get caught
• how to commit the perfect murder
• drowning and forensics
• suffocating and smothering
The child was airlifted to hospital but pronounced dead four days later on November 24, 2017.
Fort Wainwright police began an initial investigation, but the case was transferred to Fairbanks police because Lafountain and the child were not military personnel.
As part of their investigation, they looked into the death of her first child, who died on September 15, 2015, shortly after Lafountain reported she wasn’t breathing.
The child was later pronounced dead at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
The first child’s death wasn’t investigated as homicide at the time, but after drawing similarities to the 2017 case they started probing a little deeper.
Autopsies and medical records indicated both girls were healthy and suffered no genetic abnormalities, diseases or injuries.
The first girl’s death was officially undetermined but showed characteristics of suffocation.
The second girl died of complications of anoxia, or lack of oxygen to the brain.
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Lafountain is charged with counts each of first- and second-degree murder in both deaths.
On Friday, District Court Judge Ben Seekins set her bail at $2million (£1.5million) and said Lafountain was due back in court on September 5.
She told the court she has legally reverted back to her maiden name of Bilecki following her divorce in February.
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