A mother was jailed for life after banishing her two young daughters to die of starvation in a car after a cult told her they were impure. Nashika Bramble was sentenced to spend the rest of her life behind bars on Tuesday for killing daughters Makayla Roberts, 10, and eight year-old Hannah Marshall in September 2017. Judge Keri Yoder handed Bramble two life sentences, telling the killer ‘One for each daughter.’ Bramble was also was told she will never be eligible for parole, with her defense attorney Harvey Palefsky announcing plans to appeal the sentence. The youngsters’ corpses were found decomposing their mother’s 1999 Toyota near Norwood in Southern Colorado, the Telluride Daily Planet reported.
A post mortem determined the siblings had died of heat, starvation and dehydration, and that they’d lain in the car for at least two weeks after dying. Bramble was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in July, after the court heard how she was a member of a religious cult called The Family. Bramble had moved in to a derelict former weed farm close to where Makayla and Hannah’s bodies were found. She and other members believed the 2017 solar eclipse would spark an apocalypse which would see them transported to another spiritual realm. Family leader Madani Ceus is said to have told Bramble that her daughters were ‘unclean,’ prompting their abandonment. She is due to stand trial for two counts of murder in January 2020. San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters was among those appalled by the cruelty the youngsters had been exposed to. He told Fox31: ‘In my 37 years as sheriff, I have never seen anything as cruel and heartless as this.’ The girls’ fathers were not involved in their lives, and did not have anything to do with their horrific deaths. Bramble was pregnant when she was arrested, with her youngest child taken into care by social services. Other members of the cult have been charged over the sisters’ death.