A MAN who allegedly left two young children in a freezing cold car overnight after killing their parents in Rocky Mount, North Carolina has been arrested, authorities say.
Eric Coley, 42, was taken into custody Friday and charged with two counts of murder, the Rocky Mount Police Department said.
The “toddler-aged” children were found in the back seat behind the bodies of their parents — Destiny Wiggins, 24, and Devone Brown, 28, around 6 a.m. Friday, said Ricky Jackson, the department’s public relations officer.
A group of construction workers noticed the vehicle and informed the police, WHIO-TV reported.
Both adults sustained gunshot wounds.
Although the two children appeared unharmed, they were taken to a local hospital because of the extreme cold.
They have since been discharged and are in good health and are being cared for by family, Jackson said.
Wiggins had two other children who were not at the scene.
Her mother, Donna Wiggins, started a GoFundMe page to help pay for the young woman’s funeral expenses.
It has already reached more than $7,000 of its $10,000 target as of Monday night.
Coley was also charged with possession of a firearm as a felon.
His first court hearing was scheduled for Monday morning and Jackson said Coley remains in the Nash County Detention Center without bail.
It’s unclear if he already has an attorney who can speak for him or if he has filed a plea at this point.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6847216/parents-shot-dead-toddlers-left-backseat-overnight-north-carolina/ Shocking details emerge after two people were found shot dead in a car while young children were left with bodies in the back seat overnight