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Montgomery Township Mother Charged with Murder in the Deaths of Two Children


Somerset County officials announced the arrest of Yuhwei Chou, 36, of Skillman.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Tuesday, November 9, at approximately 7:41 a.m., Hillsborough Township Police responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting a disabled motor vehicle that had left the roadway on Mountain View Road, Hillsborough.

According to Prosecutor Robertson, upon arrival responding Officers encountered the female driver identified as Yuhwei Chou.  

The Officers observed two children secured in a booster seat and a baby seat in the back seat of the vehicle. Officers observed that the children were bound and restrained.   

Prosecutor Robertson stated that no vital signs were present on the children and they were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The children, whom authorities are identifying as Samantha Ross, female age 7, and Paul Ross, male age 10 months, were the biological children of Yuhwei Chou.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that the investigation has revealed that Yuhwei Chou caused the deaths of her two children, Samantha and Paul.  

The circumstances leading to the events which caused the deaths of the two children are under investigation by authorities. No motive has been released.  

An autopsy for the cause and manner of death will be performed by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Defendant Chou was charged with two counts of 1st-Degree Murder.

Defendant Chou will be lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing following a medical clearance from an area hospital.  

Somerset County officials request anyone with information relating to the homicides to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the Hillsborough Township Police Department at (908) 369-4323.

Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). 

All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.