In Fairfax, Virginia, a 37-year-old woman was convicted by a jury for the murder of her 5-year-old and 15-year-old daughters in 2018. The woman administered sleeping pills to the children before fatally shooting them.
Veronica Youngblood, a Fairfax County woman, is set to be sentenced after being convicted of two counts of murder and two counts of felony use of a firearm. The charges stem from the shooting deaths of her two daughters, 15-year-old Sharon Castro and 5-year-old Brooklynn Youngblood. Despite pleading not guilty by reason of insanity, Youngblood was found guilty, WTOP-TV reported.
According to a report by The Washington Post, the trial of Youngblood lasted approximately fourteen days. On August 5th, 2018, she allegedly gave her daughters sleeping gummies before shooting them. Youngblood claimed that she heard voices in her head telling her to commit the heinous act. Brooklynn died from a gunshot wound to the head, and Sharon was shot in the back and chest. Although she was able to call 911, Sharon passed away after being taken to the hospital.
After the tragic shooting incident, it was reported that Youngblood contacted her former partner and confessed to the murders of the two young girls. The Washington Post revealed that Brooklynn was allegedly scheduled to relocate to Missouri with her father, just before she was fatally shot.
During her trial, Youngblood gave testimony that detailed her past experiences of physical and sexual abuse as a child, along with being abandoned by her parents. She shared that she turned to sex work, which is how she met her former spouse, as reported by WUSA-TV.
After the verdict, Youngblood allegedly began shouting at the prosecutors and had to be held back.
The prosecution is pursuing a double life sentence for Veronica Youngblood.