Police: Fairfield mom kills young daughters

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Posted: Oct 14, 2010 1:31 AM
Police: Fairfield mom kills young daughters

A California mother accused of stabbing her twin 3-year-old daughters to death before attempting to take her own life and setting fire to her apartment has been arrested.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Monica McCarrick was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murder, two counts of child abuse resulting in death and one count each of arson and destruction of evidence.

The newspaper reports that McCarrick was to be booked at Solano County Jail after being treated at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek for non-life-threatening injuries.

Firefighters found the children's bodies around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday inside their 28-year-old mother's apartment after responding to reports of a fire and extinguishing the blaze.

The girls' names have not been released.

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FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) _ Authorities believe a Northern California woman stabbed her twin 3-year-old daughters to death before attempting to take her own life and setting fire to their apartment.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze then found the children's bodies about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday inside the burned Fairfield home.

Police say the mother, whose name has not been released, was also inside the apartment with what appeared to be self-inflicted stab wounds. She was taken to the hospital, where she is listed in stable but critical condition.

Fairfield police Lt. Darrin Moody says neighbors who tried to get into the apartment during the fire found the windows and doors were locked.