A Florida woman charged with killing her former partner’s 2-year-old daughter before attempting to commit suicide left a note citing a Bible verse on child sacrifice.
Kimberly Dawn Lucas, 40, was denied bond in Palm Beach County Court on Wednesday.
She allegedly tried to poison Elliana Lucas-Jamason, 2, and Elliana's 10-year-old brother Ethan. Lucas and her partner raised both children since they were born.
Lucas allegedly gave the children pills, telling Ethan it would help him grow faster. Elliana refused to take hers, according to investigators. Lucas then allegedly drowned the girl in the bathtub.
Lucas said the pill made him sleepy and he passed out on his bed. When he woke up later he pried open the locked bathroom door and found his sister submerged in the bath tub. He called 911.
When paramedics arrived Elliana was dead and Lucas was found unresponsive. She was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. She was transferred to county jail Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities found a suicide note on Lucas’ computer, according to the police report.
"In YOUR WORDS "WHEN YOU ARE LAYING IN BED AT NIGHT REMEMBER YOU F***ING DID THIS TO YOURSELF!" the note said. "Lea's sermon really, really touched me yesterday but God never told me to stop.”
The sermon she refers to was given by Metropolitan Community Church Pastor Dr. Lea Brown, the Broward Palm Beach New Times reported.
"Her sermon covered Genesis 22, in which God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac," the police report says. "But at the last minute, God stops him from doing so."
The note appears to blame Lucas’ former partner of 20 years for the girl’s death.
"Hell is what we [go] through on Earth,” the misspelled note continued. “Enjoyed your life with possible go out without us, he manage but give you finally what you what want because apparently over the past 20 years I was not able to. Love you Always Kimberly."
A member of the Metropolitan Community Church, Brian Ladd, told WPTV that he was shocked to learn Lucas would use the sermon in the alleged suicide note.
"It just is really the writing of someone who is really disturbed, very broken," said Ladd.