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Mother Booked in Death of 23-day-old Twins; Another Baby Died in 1991

January 14, 1992

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ A woman accused of suffocating her 23-day-old twins had another set of twins in 1990 and one of those babies died, officials said.

Traci Foskett, 22, was charged with two counts of murder Monday in the deaths of young Andrea and Antoine Yearby. The infants’ bodies were discovered in a bedroom Saturday by their father, Andrew Yearby.

Police arrested Foskett after an autopsy revealed the two infants had been suffocated.

The earlier twins were born to Foskett in Sacramento 14 months ago, said Alameda County assistant district attorney Robert Platt. The baby who died was born on Sept. 11, 1990 and died Jan. 19, 1991, he said.

″I am very much interested in the cause of death,″ Platt said.

The cause of that death was listed as sudden infant death syndrome, deputy coroner Laura Synhorst said Tuesday in Sacramento.

The Oakland charges against Foskett include the special circumstance of multiple murder, which could carry the death penalty upon conviction.

″Our evidence indicates suffocation, probably with a blanket or pillow,″ said Platt. ″I view it as intentional baby murder.″

Officials said the Yearby is not a suspect in the case.

Foskett and Yearby have a daughter, presumably the surviving Sacramento twin, authorities said.

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