An Arizona woman is being held on the suspicion of murdering her two children before attempting suicide and being discovered by police.
Marilyn Edge, 42, of Scottsdale, Ariz., crashed her car into pole surrounding an electric box in Southern California on Saturday night. When rescuers approached the car, Edge attempted to choke herself with a belt but was unsuccessful. A propane tank was also discovered in her gray Honda Accord, police said according to the Associated Press.
After discovery, Edge reported the location of her children to police. Officers found the children dead in a third-floor room at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Santa Ana. No weapon was recovered from the room, but Edge was held Sunday under the suspicion of murder.
"My goodness, if there's two children involved that's just horrendous to say the least," Mike Ramey, who was staying at the hotel with his fiancée, told KABC-TV. "As a parent, it's just a heartbreaker."
The children's father, who lives in another state, was informed Sunday about the deaths of his children. The circumstances surrounded the case were not clear Sunday. The car Edge was driving had Georgia plates although she was from Arizona and discovered in California.
"Last night, it was mainly trying to figure out who these people were and dealing with the scene itself," Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told the AP.
Edge was taken to the hospital where she was treated and released before being booked on charges. The identity of the two children was not revealed although officials confirmed that they discovered a 13-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl.