Mom of 2 young girls who died charged with assaulting husband

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A Missouri woman whose two young children died after being found unresponsive on July Fourth is charged with assaulting her husband in the hours before the children were found.

Jenna Boedecker was charged Thursday with third-degree assault, armed criminal action and first-degree property damage. The Kansas City Star reports that police records indicate the charges stem from an argument with her husband.

Police say Boedecker found her 2-year-old and newborn daughters unresponsive Wednesday outside a home in a rural area northeast of Kansas City. Police haven't said how the girls died.

Police initially said foul play wasn't suspected. But on Thursday, the Clay County Sheriff said a squad of criminal investigators had been called in to help with the case.

No charges have been filed in the girls' deaths. An online fund has been set up to cover funeral expenses.

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Two young sisters have been found dead in a rural area northeast of Kansas City, Missouri.

Clay County sheriff's Capt. Will Akin said the girls were found outside their home just after noon Wednesday by their mother and were not breathing. Both girls were under 5 years old.

Akin said foul play is not suspected and neither water nor firearms appear to have been involved, but the deaths are under investigation.

The incident was reported near the intersection of a rural road and Missouri 92 east of Kearney. The mother ran to a neighbor's house and the neighbor called 911.


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