Mother of Four Accused of Killing Baby Daughter, Fracturing Skull of Twin Boy

A Seal Beach mother of four was arrested today for allegedly killing her 22-month-old daughter by rupturing the girl's heart and fracturing the skull of the girl's twin brother. Needless to say, the three surviving children of 31-year-old Linda Wilborn have been placed in protective custody.

The Orange County District Attorney's office statement on the case follows after the jump . . .

February 8, 2010


A mother of four was arrested today on charges of killing one of her 22-month-old twins by rupturing the baby's heart and injuring the other twin by causing a skull fracture. Linda Wilborn, 31, Seal Beach, is charged with one felony count of assault on a child with force likely to produce great bodily injury resulting in death and three felony counts of child abuse. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison. Wilborn was arrested today by the Seal Beach Police Department (SBPD) and is being held on $1 million bail. She is expected to be arraigned Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

Wilborn has four young children, including 22-month-old twins Millicent and John Doe. Between Oct. 17, 2009, and Dec. 17, 2009, the defendant is accused of physically abusing the twins.

On Dec. 17, 2009, Wilborn is accused of being home with her four children while her husband was at work. The defendant is accused of inflicting tremendous blunt force on Millicent. At approximately 4:00 p.m., Wilborn is accused of calling 9-1-1 to report that the victim was unresponsive.

Millicent was transported to the hospital, but later died due to a ruptured heart despite the life-saving efforts of medical staff. Further examination of the victim revealed that she had fresh and old fractures to her ribs. An examination of her twin, John Doe, revealed that he had a fractured skull. The defendant is accused of causing the great bodily injuries that resulted in the death of Millicent, as well as the injuries to John Doe. The other two children did not have any physical signs of trauma.

Wilborn's three surviving children were placed in protective custody. SBPD investigated this case and arrested the defendant today while she was at the Orange County Social Services Agency visiting her children. 

Senior Deputy District Attorney Scott Simmons of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.

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