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Police: Jupiter woman facing murder charges tried to give kids pills

By Matt Morgan - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

A Jupiter woman who allegedly killed her former domestic partner’s 2-year-old daughter and tried to kill a 10-year-old boy and herself is facing two charges in connection with the incident, police said.

Kimberly Lucas, 40, is facing charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder after the Sunday incident at the Abacoa development in Jupiter.

Lucas had been listed in critical condition, but has since been transported to jail. Police would not say the reason for her hospital stay.

Lucas reportedly gave unidentified pills to both the boy and Elliana Lucas-Jamason, according to a probable cause affidavit. Lucas reportedly told the boy that the pill would make him grow faster and gave it to him in a cup of coffee, the report said.

She also allegedly tried to give half a pill to Lucas-Jamason in a glass of water, but the toddler didn’t like the taste and refused to drink it.

Lucas-Jamason was found dead in a bathtub by police. The 10-year-old reportedly tried to save the girl and called 911 during the alleged incident, police said.

Police Chief Frank Kitzerow called the boy the “bravest person I ever met.” The boy was originally reported in good condition, but Kitzerow said he has a “long road ahead of him.”

The boy and the girl spent that day with Lucas, who is the estranged domestic partner of Lucas-Jamason’s biological mother, Jacquelyn Jamason.

After he ingested the pill with coffee, the boy reported feeling dizzy and went to lay down in his room, the report said. When he awoke he was in the bed next to Lucas, who was unresponsive, and Lucas-Jamason wasn’t there.

He went to the bathroom and found the door locked, the report said. The boy reportedly opened the door with a knife and found the girl submerged.

The boy reportedly tried to perform CPR on Lucas-Jamason and called police.

A neighbor in the complex, who was not there during the incident, said the family always seemed normal and she got along well with them.

“The kids were always so nice and happy. That’s the sad, scary part,” Lisa Garner said.

Garner said they had lived in the housing complex for about six months. Though she said it is a nice area, an incident like this makes her uneasy.

“It’s really nice, but not when stuff like this happens,” she said. “It makes you want to move out.”

The estranged couple previously lived together at another Jupiter residence on Foster Street.

Former neighbor Michelle Ianiro said she views them as a nice family and said her child would often play with the other two children. She said she is surprised by the incident.

Lucas’ attorney Marc Shiner called the situation a “terrible tragedy” but said there will probably be more facts that come out. He said Lucas was in the process of a worker’s compensation claim for a head injury that had her acting abnormally.

“This is totally illogical,” he said. “It makes no sense, so there must be a lot more to this story.”

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