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Preliminary hearing of Tulsa mother charged with second-degree murder in toddlers deaths moved to Aug.

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Posted at 4:39 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 16:57:38-04

TULSA, Okla. — The mother of the two toddlers that went missing and drowned in late May was expected to appear in court on Thursday.

Donisha Willis is charged with two counts of second-degree murder, according to the Tulsa County Courthouse.

Three-year-old Miracle Lashay Crook and two-year-old Tony Demone Crook went missing Friday, May 22. Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said video showed the toddlers holding hands and walking down stairs towards water near Mingo Creek on Friday. They are not seen reappearing.

After searching for several days, authorities found their bodies in two separate waterways in Green Country.

It's saddening, but we're elated we are able to bring closure. Because we located those two and brought them home.
Tulsa Police Chief Franklin

Police said the first body found in the Verdigris River was a young female. The body of a young boy was found the next day in Bird Creek at 46th Street North, police say.

RELATED STORY: TPD: Two bodies recovered are those of Miracle and Tony Crook

Police tell us the children were with their mother, Donisha Willis, when they went missing. Lieutenant John Adams said the mother refused to cooperate or give any information as to where the two children were.

Court documents show their mother, Donisha Willis, also faces one count of assault and battery of an officer.

According to court records, Willis' preliminary hearing is now set for August 10, 2020 .Willis remains in custody.

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