Naim Muhammad, a Dallas Muslim man accused of drowning his two young sons after abducting them as they walked to school with their mother, is being held on capital murder charges, according to authorities.
CBS – Muhammad is being accused of killing his two sons ages 5 and 3. The 5-year-old, also named Naim, was scheduled to attend his first day of kindergarten, a spokesman for the school says the boy never made it, reports CBS station KDFW.
According to a police report, Muhammad forced his 3-year-old son Elijah, his son Naim and their mother into his car Monday morning by threatening them with a brick.
His wife jumped out of the car after it stopped at an intersection when she saw a Dallas officer drive up. She told police that when she got out of the vehicle, the suspect jumped the curb and took off. The officer did not chase the suspect but called police, according to the report. While police were not able to reach Muhammad on his cell phone, he did call relatives.
Hours after the boys were taken, authorities received a 911 call from a woman who said her son had drowned her grandchildren and she had the children, who were unresponsive, in her car awaiting paramedics, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said in a statement.
Muhammad’s mother, Naimah Muhammad, said when she located her son she asked to see the children and he took her to a creek reports the station.
According to the children’s mother, Muhammad had threatened her children’s lives before. He tried to take his youngest child, a 1-year-old from another location, on Monday as well, police say.
Muhammad, 32, has had a history of arrests including violent felonies. Public records show Muhammad has four prior convictions ranging from marijuana possession to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was also arrested in February for causing bodily injury during a family violence call. He bonded out two days later for $2,500.
Muhammad, wearing a white hooded jumpsuit, only responded to one question asked by News 8.
MUHAMMAD: “Yeah, I got something to say. My kids.”
WFAA: “What about them?”
MUHAMMAD: “I love ’em.”