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Texas Mom Allegedly Duct-Taped Children and Tried to Drown One in Tub, Said They Were ‘Going to Heaven’

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Joshlyn Guy
Harris County Court

A Houston, Texas, mom allegedly duct-taped the hands and mouths of her three children and tried to drown the youngest in a bathtub after telling them all they were “going to heaven.”

Joshlyn Jayna Guy, 26, told an investigator she’d been smoking a cigarette outside of their home with a friend when she returned inside and started feeling “evil and different,” according to the probable cause affidavit obtained by PEOPLE.

The incident on Oct. 2, 2016, was interrupted when a woman — identified by one of the children as her “Aunt Brownie” — entered the home and found Guy holding her 5-year-old daughter under water.

Guy has been charged with endangering a child. It was not immediately clear whether she has entered a plea or has an attorney.

According to the charging document, Guy’s 6-year-old alleged to investigators that he and his two sisters — ages 5 and 7 — were sitting in the kitchen eating burritos when his mom duct-taped their hands and mouths and told them they were “going to see God.”

The boy alleged “they were all in the living room when his mom filled up the tub and first grabbed his little sister … by her arms and took her into the restroom and tried to drown her,” the document states. He alleged his mom “tried to kill them.”

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The oldest girl alleged that when her mother was running the bath water and began taping their hands and mouths, the girl asked her mom what she was doing “and her mother stated they were ‘going to heaven,'” according to the document.

The girl alleged “she and her sister were crying because her sister almost got drowned.” She said her sister “was kicking her legs while her mom was holding her” after Guy allegedly placed the 5-year-old in the water and then put her hand over the child’s mouth and nose.

The 7-year-old said her “Aunt Brownie” intervened, picked her sister out of the water, and then told the kids to run.

The document alleges that a friend of Guy’s, Latosha Ford, stopped by the residence and saw the children with the tape covering their hands and mouths, then found Guy holding the youngest girl “submerged in the bathtub which was full of water.”

Ford pulled the girl out of the water and called police.

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Guy allegedly later told a caseworker there is a “possibility” she duct-taped and tried to drown her children, but according to the charging document “she does not remember.”

Guy was booked but is not currently in custody at the Harris County Jail, a spokesman for the Houston Police Department tells PEOPLE.