I need to kill your kids’: Pa. mom charged in death of 3-year-old daughter, police say





Before police arrested Regina Lester for homicide, a neighbor found the Pennsylvania mother hugging a tree in the front yard of her home. She was completely naked.’

I’m sorry,” Lester, 30, told the neighbor, according to an arrest affidavit. “I didn’t mean to do it. You understand, I had to get the darkness out of her. I’m sorry.”

Amid the chaos, the neighbor followed Lester’s 6-year-old son into the family trailer, according to a police report, where they discovered the body. On the living room floor, covered in her own vomit, lay the boy’s 3-year-old sister, Isabel Rose Godfrey. She was unresponsive.

Lester would later be arrested and charged in the girl’s death, but only after the mother darted from her own yard, still naked, and banged on the door of another neighbor’s home.

I need to kill your kids,” she said, according to police.

It’s unclear what led to the violence that has shocked the quiet community of Chesapeake Estates in York County, Pa., according to news reports, where some neighbors described Lester’s home as a revolving door of sketchy characters and loud noises and others said she was a loving, hardworking mom who spoke constantly of her children.

Some suspect drugs may have played a role.

It’s terrible to think she could even do this,” Lester’s longtime friend, Ashley Shaffer, told ABC 27 News. “She’s not this kind of person.”

She was a great devoted mother,” Shaffer also said of her friend, “She had some issues with drugs and things like that.”

The toddler was pronounced dead at the hospital, the county coroner wrote on Twitter. An autopsy to determine the cause of death was scheduled for Friday morning. Lester was also transported to the hospital following her arrest, where she received “pre-detention treatment,” the Northern York County Regional Police Department said.

The York Dispatch reported that Lester worked at an inn and restaurant where she was a server for as many as eight years. Lester’s boss, Vickie Saltos, told the newspaper that her erratic behavior was “so out of character for her.”

She loved her children dearly. At least that’s the impression we got from her,” Saltos said. “We’re all heartbroken and shocked…. It obviously was drugs.”

An official with the York County Office of Children, Youth and Families told the newspaper that Lester was a client there.

She was receiving in-home services and was subject to drug testing by the office,” spokesman Carl Lindquist said.

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