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Mom arrested weeks after 2 girls found dead in Florida canal

Neighbors told investigators that Tinessa Hogan had offered to baptize people in the canal a day before the girls’ bodies were found, police said.
Tinessa Hogan, mother of the 9- and 7-year-old girls found dead in a Lauderhill canal in late June, was arrested Tuesday. The 36-year-old faces two counts of first degree murder.
Tinessa Hogan, mother of the 9- and 7-year-old girls found dead in a Lauderhill canal in late June, was arrested Tuesday. The 36-year-old faces two counts of first degree murder.
Published Jul. 14
Updated Jul. 14

LAUDERHILL — A 36-year-old South Florida woman has been arrested, weeks after the bodies of her two young daughters were found floating in a canal.

Tinessa Hogan, 36, was arrested Tuesday night on two counts of first-degree murder, news outlets reported.

The bodies of Destiny Hogan, 9, and Daysha Hogan, 7, were found June 22 floating in a canal in Lauderhill, which is near Fort Lauderdale.

Residents in the area had told investigators that Hogan had offered to baptize people in the canal a day before the girls’ bodies were found, police said last month.

Destiny’s body was spotted first on the afternoon of June 22. Hours later, authorities found her sister’s body nearby.

Authorities said last month that the family lived near the canal, and that there were no records of of child welfare workers responding to the home.