DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (CBSMiami) – The mother who survived a deadly hostage standoff in Deerfield Beach in February has been arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter and child neglect for her role in the deaths.
Deanna Dejesus, 37, was arrested in Lake Mary Friday afternoon and will be extradited to Broward County in the coming days.
According to the BSO, the DeJesus family drove from their home in Port Orange to the Highland Woods RV Park in Deerfield Beach. The family went to an RV that belonged to Ovila Plante, 76, and his girlfriend, Pierrete Beauchemin.
BSO said William DeJesus, 41, who was addict to Oxycodone and had cocaine in his system, shot Plante to death in front of his RV and then took Beauchemin hostage. The hostage would later escape after she realized DeJesus was going to kill his family and her.
According to BSO, DeJesus stabbed his son Jeshiah, 9, and his other son Samson, 7, multiple times in the attack that lasted several minutes. Jeshiah died of his injuries while Samson and Deanna were both critically injured.
The Broward County Medical Examiner said that Jeshiah DeJesus and William both had cocaine in their systems when they died.
Deanna told a witness that she knew her husband sometimes crushed drugs and gave it to their sons, according to the BSO. Investigators believe DeJesus drove to South Florida to obtain drugs.