Mom Charged With Killing 2 Babies Searched "How To Commit The Perfect Murder" Online
Investigators grew concerned when they learned that Stephany LaFountain had another baby daughter who had died in suspicious circumstances.
FAIRBANKS, AK — A mother who has been charged with the murder of her two baby daughters allegedly did several online searches related to how to get away with murder, police say.
Stephany LaFountain, 23, allegedly searched "best ways to suffocate," "How to: commit the perfect murder," and "16 steps to kill someone and not get caught" before calling 911 to report that her 13-month-old baby had stopped breathing.
LaFountain called emergency services on November 12, 2017, from her home at the Fort Wainwright military base in Fairbanks, Alaska, according to police records. LaFountain also called her in-laws who then came over to her house and began performing CPR on the infant. Her husband, the baby's father, is a soldier in the Army and had been deployed, but was able to rush home on emergency leave.
The baby girl was flown to the hospital, where she died four days later. The autopsy revealed that the baby had previously been healthy, and died from lack of oxygen.
Here is the full list of phrases LaFountain searched for online, just an hour before placing her call to emergency services:
"Ways to suffocate
Best ways to suffocate
Ways to kill human with no proof
Can drowning show in an autopsy report
16 steps to kill someone and not get caught
How to: Commit the Perfect Murder
Drowning and Forensics
Suffocating and Smothering"
Investigators grew concerned when they learned that LaFountain had another baby daughter who had died in suspicious circumstances. In 2015, LaFountain called 911 to report that her four-month-old daughter had stopped breathing. The infant, who was from a prior relationship, died that day, according to The Washington Post.
The cause of death was undetermined, according to police records — but the body reportedly showed signs of suffocation.
The similarities in the children's deaths led investigators to believe they had been murdered, Fairbanks Police spokeswoman Yumi McCulloch said. "In both circumstances, she called saying the child wasn't breathing, she called the family," she said.
LaFountain was arrested on August 30 and has been charged with murder in the first and second degree in both cases.
At a press conference, Fairbanks Police Chief Eric Jewkes praised detectives who he said spent thousands of hours investigating the case.
Police have stated that they are not yet ready to reveal a possible motive, citing the ongoing investigation. In the meantime, LaFountain is being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center on $2 million bail.
Anyone with any information about the case is asked to call detective Avery Thompson at (907) 450-6550 or email@example.com.