The Cherokee County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Office, and Cherokee County Emergency Services responded Saturday to a 911 call at 75 Gooseberry Road in Murphy, North Carolina.

The reporting party was a Cherokee County father who had arrived at the home of his separated wife to exercise custody of his four-year-old twin sons around 10 a.m. that day.

Upon arrival, he discovered his twin sons deceased.

An investigation followed which included Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Detectives, Agents of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and Assistant District Attorneys from the Office of Ashley Welch.

Genevieve Ellen Springer, the mother of the deceased twins, was hospitalized in North Georgia and charged with two counts of first-degree murder by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. Upon release from the hospital, Springer was arrested in Union County, Georgia. Springer waived extradition and was transported yesterday to the Cherokee County Detention Center where she is currently held without bond.

The date and time of death is currently under investigation. Upon information and belief, the last time the Cherokee County father saw his twin sons alive was on February 26, 2024. Accordingly, the date of the offense on the warrants is currently a range of February 26, 2024, through March 2, 2024.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is hopeful that autopsies will narrow down the date and time of the twins’ passing.

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