UPDATE: Arizona Mom Booked In Children's Deaths

By: Associated Press
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Sunday, September 15, 2013


Police say the two children found dead in a Southern California hotel room after their suicidal mother crashed her car outside a shopping complex were a 13-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl.

Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna identified the mother Sunday as 42-year-old Marilyn Edge of Scottsdale, Ariz.

The children's names were not released.

Edge was booked late Saturday on two counts of murder.

Police say the boy and girl were discovered early Saturday in Santa Ana after Edge crashed her car in nearby Costa Mesa and then told authorities where they could find the children's bodies.

Bertagna says Edge had propane in her car when she tried to crash it into an electrical box. She also tried to strangle herself with a belt or rope as rescuers approached.

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An Arizona woman who was arrested on suspicion of killing her two children after she tried to crash her car into an electrical box outside a Home Depot had a propane tank in her vehicle.

Santa Ana police spokesman Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said Sunday the 42-year-old woman tied a rope or belt around her neck as paramedics tried to rescue her.

Bertagna says officers found her son and daughter dead in a hotel room after the woman told police where to find them.

The Scottsdale woman was released from a hospital into police custody on Saturday night.

Officers also obtained a search warrant for the hotel room late Saturday.

Bertagna says children's father, who lives in a different state, hasn't been notified.

Further details are being withheld until he can be found.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Police say an apparently suicidal woman whose remarks sent authorities to a Southern California hotel room is the mother of two children found dead there.

Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said Saturday night that the 42-year-old woman from Scottsdale, Ariz., has been released from a hospital and will soon be booked for investigation of two counts of murder.

Police say that earlier Saturday the woman deliberately drove her car into poles guarding an electrical box in a supermarket parking lot.

They say the woman made statements that led them to a Santa Ana hotel room where the two kids were found dead.

No names have been released, and the age and gender of the children were also being withheld while relatives are notified.

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