WEST NORRITON — A Delaware County woman has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the "brutal" deaths of two elderly women at a home in the Port Indian section of the township.

Naseema Sami, 43, of Folsom, was taken into custody Sunday after police discovered the bodies of Lila Frost, 78, and Lorraine Gigliello, 68, in Frost's home in the first block of West Indian Lane, following a call from a neighbor for a wellness check.

Sami and her 6-year-old son were reportedly found hiding under a bed inside the barricaded residence.

The deaths are the first homicides to occur in West Norriton since 1986, according to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele. 

A joint investigation by Montgomery County Detectives and West Norriton police revealed that Sami, a former tenant of Frost's, had gone to the residence on March 7 with the child seeking unspecified help, and finding no one there, entered the unlocked apartment.

According to the arresting affidavit, Sami told investigators that Gigliello stopped by and asked what she was doing there. When Gigliello threatened to call the police and reached for a phone, Sami told detectives, she attacked Gigliello — striking her several times and slashing her with broken glass.

Sami then reportedly admitted beating Frost to death when she came home in the midst of the attack on Gigliello.

Sami was remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville without bail. 

"A quiet community along the Schuylkill River in West Norriton was rocked on Sunday when the bodies of two elderly women were discovered," Steele said in a Monday press release announcing Sami's arrest.

"They were murdered by a former renter who had lived at the property 20 years ago and had returned because the landlord, Ms. Frost, had offered to help her if she ever needed anything.

"Naseema Sami then murdered Ms. Frost and Ms. Gigliello, who was just visiting her friend. Our hearts go out to the families of these two victims and pledge to them that we will seek justice for their murders."

Autopsies were performed on the bodies by forensic pathologist Dr. Ian Hood Monday.

"These were brutal killings of these two individuals and as I understand it there were multiple, multiple injuries to these women," Steele noted in a post-arrest press conference held Monday afternoon. The deaths of these two kind-hearted women are sad, are tragic."

Steele said Sami's son was present during the murders and also witnessed his mother's attempt to clean up the scene using bedclothes to wrap one of the bodies and more than 10 bottles bleach. 

The boy was interviewed at the Montgomery County Child Advocacy Center, Mission Kids, and is now staying with relatives.

"We're going to do the best we can with this young man but he's been through some very, very difficult times. This incident happened on Thursday and they had been in the house since then." Steele said. "We feel for the families of the victims, we feel for this young man. This is a very difficult case."

"It's a tough situation to go through," added West Norristown Police Chief Dale Mabry.

"Obviously we're very concerned. It's a tight-knit community down there and our condolences certainly go out to the family and friends and the community itself."

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