NJ mom used duct tape, zip ties in murders of her 2 kids



A twisted New Jersey mother charged with killing her two children duct-taped their faces and suffocated them — cruel slayings that she planned in advance, authorities said.

Yuhwei Chou, 36, of Skillman, told cops in Hillsborough Township after her arrest Tuesday that she killed Samantha Ross, 7, and her 11-month-old brother, Paul, a day earlier, according to an affidavit obtained by MyCentralJersey.com.

After stopping at a Wawa for lunch, Chou drove to a hardware store and bought the sinister supplies before heading to Mountainview Road in Hillsborough, where she started to tape Samantha’s face, but got “spooked” by a bystander, the affidavit states.

She then drove to a nearby hunting area and climbed into the backseat before zip-tying Samantha’s and Paul’s hands, and taping their faces, according to the affidavit.

Yuhwei Chou
A motive has not been released yet, pending investigation.
Somerset County Prosecutor’s Off

Chou told cops she proceeded to use her hands to suffocate both of her kids until they stopped breathing — adding she had been planning the double murder for “approximately one week,” the document states.

A witness alerted cops to Chou’s gray Toyota Corolla after spotting the car in a ditch early Tuesday. The woman’s hands were zip-tied to the steering wheel at the time, investigators wrote.

The witness also saw the two dead children in a booster and baby seat in the back of the Corolla, where they were bound and restrained.

10 month old Paul Ross.
The youngest, Paul Ross, was 11 months old when murdered by his mother, Yuhwei Chou.
Alexander Lewis / MyCentralJerse

Both children died from asphyxia by airway obstruction, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson said in a statement Friday. A final autopsy report is expected following toxicology testing.

“A motive has not been released as the circumstances leading to the events which caused the deaths of the two children are under investigation by authorities,” Robertson said.

Chou, who has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, was in custody Friday at the Somerset County Jail, where she’s awaiting a bail detention hearing.


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