A woman was booked on two counts of murder when police found her two children dead in a hotel room, after she attempted suicide outside a Home Depot in Costa Mesa, Calif., Saturday morning. The names of the two dead children, described as a 13-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl, have not been officially released pending notification of their father. The mother, 42-year-old Marilyn Edge of Scottsdale, Ariz., was booked for the two children's murder on Sunday, Sept. 15, according to KTLA5 news.
Edge attempted to ram her car into an electrical box behind a Home Depot in Costa Mesa at about 8 a.m. Saturday, according to a statement by Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
Steel poles prevented the car from reaching the electrical equipment, Bertagna said. Edge had a propane tank in the car which she said later she had hoped would explode on impact, as reported by The Los Angeles Times.
When cops arrived, the woman became "uncooperative", and tried to strangle herself with an electrical cord. Police smashed the windows and removed her from the vehicle.
She eventually told authorities about the two dead children, who were discovered shortly afterward in a third-floor room of a Hampton Inn & Suites in nearby Santa Ana.
Marilyn Edge was treated and released from a Newport Beach hospital, and turned over to police custody. Bertagna said she's currently being held at the Santa Ana Police Department.
Investigators have not said how the children died. A coroner’s report is pending. Edge will be booked into the Santa Ana city jail, and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.