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Mother promised kids Disneyland trip, then killed them, D.A. says

September 17, 2013|By A Times Staff Writer
  • Marilyn Edge, 42.
Marilyn Edge, 42. (Santa Ana Police Department )

A woman who is accused of killing her two children in a Santa Ana motel room this weekend told them they were going on a trip to Disneyland and the beaches, authorities said.

Marilyn Edge was charged Monday with two counts of murder by poison and faced arraignment Tuesday. In court, a judge asked about a future court date and Edge responded: “Only if you promise me the death penalty,” according to KTLA.

The bodies of Edge’s two children were found by police in a room at a Hampton Inn in Santa Ana.

Edge led authorities to the room after she drove her car into an electrical box in Costa Mesa on Saturday morning. Before getting out of the vehicle, she tried to choke herself with an electrical wire, Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

After she was out of the vehicle, she told responding officers about the children.

The Associated Press reported that Edge’s ex-husband had recently received full custody of their 13-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter. According to the report, Edge sent a text message Friday to her ex-husband saying that she would take the children to Georgia, where he lives. AP quoted prosecutors as saying she told the children they would get to visit Disneyland.

According to prosecutors, Edge, 42, of Scottsdale, Ariz., poisoned the children Saturday morning.

She faces life in prison without parole if convicted. 


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