COMMENTARY | In another ghoulish, hard-to-believe story, the Des Moines Register is reporting that a Huxley, Iowa, mother has been arrested for allegedly killing her newborn twin girls. No reason has been given for the murders that Jackie Burkle, 22, is accused of committing. Her co-workers told authorities that Burkle looked pregnant on Thursday but not on Saturday.
After being questioned by the police, Berkle agreed to a blood test that proved she was recently pregnant. Police say that further questioning resulted in her confession of killing the babies. The police say that she never intended on letting the babies live. When the police asked her where the babies were, she told them in the trunk of a car.
There is no report of how far along in her pregnancy Berkle was. The police are not divulging information on how the twin girls were murdered. Police are also looking into whether or not someone else was involved in this horrific crime.
In a state that has " Safe Haven " laws, it's hard to understand why someone would kill their babies. This law gives women another option to safely place their child. The state does not charge you with anything if you leave your baby at one of the "Safe Haven" facilities. A dozen or so people have used the "Safe Haven" law in Iowa. Couples that are desperate to have children must surely be grieving for such a waste of life. Many couples would have given these 2 little twin girls a loving home.
Burkle was arrested and charged with two counts of first degree murder. If convicted of the crimes, she could be in prison for the entirety of her life. She is now being held on $1 million dollars bond. In her appearance in court yesterday, she reportedly was very quiet and answered one question.
The community and Burkle's family are shocked about the twins. There has been little comment from the family, but there is a lot to this story that remains unknown. The investigation will continue while the community holds a vigil at 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Huxley Police Station parking lot.
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