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Published On: Tue, Sep 17th, 2013

Arizona mother, Marilyn Edge, charged with murder for poisoning her two children in a hotel room

Marilyn Edge

Marilyn Edge

Arizona mother, Marilyn Edge, 42, has been charged for poisoning and killing her 13-year-old autistic son and 9-year-old daughter. The bodies of the two children were found in a Santa Ana hotel room, authorities said.

The 42-year-old Edge involved in a custody case was arrested on Saturday after she crashed her car into an electrical box outside a Home Depot store in Costa Mesa.

“She had a propane tank in her vehicle. Apparently she thought that was going to make the vehicle explode. It didn’t,” said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, spokesman for the Santa Ana Police Department.

An un-cooperative Edge told the police that her two children were dead at a local hotel. The dead bodies of the children were later recovered by the police from the hotel. No weapon was found.

Edge was taken to a hospital, where she was treated and released into police custody.

While no motive was apparent initially, later it was found that Marilyn Edge lost the custody battle and was supposed to turn the kids to her ex-husband. Instead, she fled with the children to California and killed them.

Marilyn Edge has been charged with “two felony counts of special circumstance murder in the deaths of the two children,” the Orange County District Attorney said. If convicted, she faces a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole.

She is currently held without bail and is on a suicide watch. Her ex-husband, Mark Edge is hospitalized at a hospital in Decatur, Georgia.

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