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Kimberly Steeley

Twins’ Mom Indicted In Newborns’ Deaths

Twins’ Mom Indicted

In Newborns’ Deaths

Twins Bonde and Liam sleep in their bassinet last spring. Their mother has been arrested in their deaths.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

DECATUR – On Saturday, May 4, Kimberly Nicole Steeley wrote a poem on her Facebook page, titled, “If I knew x Two,”

Kimberly Steeley

“If I knew it was the last time I would hold you x2, If I knew it would be the last time I kissed you x2…If I knew love that Deeply x2, If I knew I would

Have tried to save you x2,” she wrote.

On Wednesday, May 8, Steeley, 27, Decatur, was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter in the 2018 deaths of her twin infant children, Liam and Bonde Steeley, barely a month old whey they were found dead in their bassinettes, 16 days apart.

“At first, everyone thought Bonde died of SIDS,” said District Attorney John Muehl. “Then 11 days later, Liam died of the same condition.”

According to Rob O’Brien, Otsego County 911 director, the first call came into the county’s 911 center at 6:28 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5, to a house at 185 Skinner Hill Road in the Town of Decatur, where they found the female child unresponsive.

Muehl: Decatur Twins Died Of Asphyxiation

DETAILS FROM PROSECUTOR:

DECATUR TWINS

ASPHYXIATED

16 DAYS APART

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Steeley

DECATUR – Kimberly Steeley’s infant twins, Bonde and Liam, both died from asphyxiation, according to District Attorney John Muehl.

“At first, everyone thought Bonde died of SIDS,” said Muehl. “Then 11 days later, Liam died of the same condition.”

Steeley, 27, Decatur, was indicted on two counts of second-degree manslaughter, one for each child, for recklessly causing the death of her children last June. The twins, born May 15, were barely a month old at the time of their deaths.

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