Lindsay mother charged with killing infant twins
Heather Langdon is accused of drowning her 10-month old children at a Tulare motel
By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN
TULARE – A Lindsay mother is accused of drowning her infant twins in a bathtub at a Tulare motel last week.
At 7:45 a.m. on Dec. 6, the Tulare Police Department received a 911 call that two infants had drowned in the bath at the Virginia Motor Lodge, 709 S. K St. in Tulare. Officers arrived first on scene and immediately began CPR along with paramedics. The 10-month-old boys were taken to Tulare Regional Medical Center where they died.
Jay Bhakta, owner of the motel, said the mother, 37-year-old Heather Landgon of Lindsay, and the two infants checked into the motel at about 8:45 p.m. the night before. Bhakta said Langdon was referred to his hotel by TPD, who had responded to the Tulare women’s shelter earlier in the evening for a complaint against Heather. Shelter staff told police she could no longer stay at their facility so officers arranged for her and her children to spend the night at the motel because it was cold and raining. Bhakta said Langdon checked in at about 8:45 p.m. She was unable to pay but TPD had reached out to a local non-profit who could pay for the room.
“I could not turn them away because she needed help with the babies,” Bhakta said. “I helped her for the babies and it was raining that night.”
Bhakta said security video shows Heather coming out of her room around 7:45 a.m. the next morning wrapped in a blanket and screaming for help and for someone to call 911. Someone staying in a room near Heather’s came outside and called 911.
“She never came out of her room until then,” Bhakta said. “No one else went in or out of the room.”
After being interviewed by officers, Heather was arrested at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 6 and was booked into the Tulare County Sheriff’s Pre-Trial Facility. Langdon is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of assault on a child causing death, and the special circumstance that multiple murders were committed. If convicted on all counts, Langdon faces a potential sentence of life without the possibility of parole and is eligible for the death penalty. She was arraigned yesterday, Dec. 11, at the pre-trial facility. The arraignment happened after press time.
“We ask you say a prayer for her as well and to look deep inside yourselves,” said Heather’s sister, Teresa Lynee Langdon. “Please check on anyone in your life that may be struggling. As well, we ask that if you are struggling that you reach out to someone and ask for help.”
Teresa said the family was not ready to talk but did release a statement on the tragic death of the boys, Maddox and Mason Murguia, who would have celebrated their first birthday on Jan. 12.
She described Mason as having the most beautiful blue eyes and he was always curious. She wrote that Maddox had the darkest brown eyes which were full of a calm wisdom.
“On behalf of the entire family, we wanted to express that we are completely devastated. We will never put the pieces back together, but we ask that you keep us all in your prayers as we do the best we can. We are struggling to make sense of this tragedy, just as everyone else is. Please respect our privacy as the investigation continues.”
Langdon started a Go Fund Me page on Dec. 7 to help raise money for funeral expenses for the twins, Mason and Maddox Murguia. “These precious little angels lost their lives too soon,” Teresa wrote on the page.
After raising just $1,560 of its $50,000 goal, the children’s father, who has yet to be identified, asked Teresa to post the following message: “we are no longer accepting donations. If you see any other pages requesting money or anyone soliciting money on the roadsides, I ask that you do not contribute and report the individuals to the appropriate authority. Thank you to all who contributed.”
The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare Police Department’s Investigative Unit.
It’s unclear how long Heather lived in Lindsay but she had not been arrested in town in the last two years. The DA’s office listed her as a Goshen resident. Lindsay Police Chief Chris Hughes said her name did not come up on a search of those arrested since 2016 and she was not known to officers by name.
“She isn’t someone we have had any contact with,” Hughes said
Anyone with more information about this case is asked to call the Tulare Police Department by calling the department at 559-684-4290, or through the anonymously tipline by calling 559-685-2300 extension 4445, or online at www.tipsubmit.com/webtipstart.aspx.