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Southern California: Kids killed, mother arrested after suicide try

  • This image provided by the Santa Ana Police Department shows Marilyn Edge, 42, of Scottsdale, Ariz., who was arrested Sept. 14, 2013, and booked on suspicion of murder in the deaths of two children. A 13-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl were found dead in a Southern California hotel room after their mother crashed her car outside a shopping complex. (AP Photo/Santa Ana Police Department)

SANTA ANA — 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, a police spokesman said Sunday.

The children's mother, Marilyn Edge, 42, of Scottsdale, Ariz., was arrested Saturday and booked on suspicion of murder in the deaths, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. She was expected in court Tuesday for an arraignment hearing.

Further information, including the names of the children, the motive and the cause of death, was not being released, he said. The children's father lives out-of-state and was not notified of their deaths until Sunday.

Edge was driving a car with Georgia license plates when she crashed into an electrical box outside a shopping complex in Costa Mesa on Saturday morning. Her most recent address was in Arizona, Bertagna said, and it wasn't immediately clear why she had come to Orange County.

After the crash, Edge refused to get out of the car and tried to choke herself with a belt or rope as rescuers worked to free her, he said. Police found propane in Edge's car.


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