Tacony woman gets life in prison for murdering her twins

Stacey Newkirk-Smalls , pregnant with twins in this family photo, learned her husband was sleeping with her daughter, relatives say.
Stacey Newkirk-Smalls , pregnant with twins in this family photo, learned her husband was sleeping with her daughter, relatives say.
Posted: January 08, 2014

STACEY Newkirk-Smalls, the Tacony mother charged with the May 2012 murders of her 18-month-old twins, Adam and Eve, was convicted yesterday and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The verdict and sentence were handed down by Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart following a one-day nonjury trial.

Newkirk-Smalls, 42, was convicted of third-degree murder in both deaths. Minehart sentenced her to 20 to 40 years in prison for one murder and to life for the other because having two murder convictions automatically triggers a life sentence under state law.

Police and prosecutors said that on May 24, 2012, Newkirk-Smalls poisoned both twins before drowning one and suffocating the other at the Ditman Street home she shared with her husband, who worked as a city correctional officer at the time.

Newkirk-Smalls' mother, Yvonne Newkirk, and other relatives and friends emerged from the courtroom proclaiming their love and support for the imprisoned woman.

The former licensed practical nurse who once doted on her twins snapped and killed them after learning that her husband was having an affair with her adult daughter from another relationship, Newkirk-Smalls' relatives and friends said.

"She loved her children dearly. Whenever you saw her, she was talking about the children, she was smiling at them. She had nothing but good things to say. But what happens when an ultimate betrayal happens?" said C. Chekejai Coley, one of Newkirk-Smalls' best friends.

"Stacey, your family is with you. We love you," Yvonne Newkirk said. "We want you to know that we are here to support you."


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