Person arrested in death of Jupiter toddler

Elliana Lucas-Jamason
Elliana Lucas-Jamason
Kimberly Lucas
Kimberly Lucas

JUPITER, FL (WFLX) - Jupiter police say they have a suspect in custody in the death of a 2-year-old girl.

Authorities say they plan to charge Kimberly Lucas, 40, with homicide and with attempted homicide of the victim's 10-year-old brother.

Investigators said Monday, the suspect is the former domestic partner of the children's mother. "It appears at this time that the incident is domestic related and that the suspect did intend to take her own life after committing these crimes," said Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow at a Tuesday morning news conference.

Police say the little girl was found in a bathtub. She was identified as Elliana Lucas-Jamason.  Authorities will not say how she died.

Jupiter police say the two children and one female adult were found inside the apartment on South Bismark Lane. All three were taken to a hospital. "I would also like to take the time to acknowledge the lifesaving efforts of the 10-year-old boy on the scene who did everything he could to save his little sister's life," Chief Kitzerow said.

T.J. Carragher lives next door. "I was in shock," says Carragher. "I couldn't believe it."
He watched first responders try to save the 2-year-old girl. "When they were putting her in the ambulance, the baby, they were still doing CPR," said Carragher. "I knew something was bad when they didn't put the sirens on though when they drove away."
Jupiter police say Elliana was pronounced dead. A 10-year-old boy, her brother, was also taken to Jupiter Medical Center. He's listed in good condition. "He was crying, looked terrified and just plain upset and in shock," said Carragher.
Neighbors say they had only lived at the Dakota Apartments a few months.  Police said Lucas had a relationship with the children's mother that ended. "It's a tragic situation," says Officer Brown, "Anytime you lose the life of a 2-year-old girl that's a tragic situation."

Lucas faces charges of homicide and attempted homicide. Police said she's currently at Jupiter Medical Center. They will not say how she was injured.

Police said they expect her to be booked at the Palm Beach County Jail sometime Tuesday afternoon.

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