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Two Children Found Dead at Santa Ana Hotel

The children’s bodies were discovered inside a room at a Hampton Inn & Suites.

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An Arizona mother accused of fatally poisoning her two children repeatedly asked a judge for the death penalty at an Orange County court hearing Tuesday.

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Marilyn Edge appeared by video at a court hearing on Sept. 17, 2013.

Marilyn Kay Edge, arrested Sept. 14 after the bodies of her children were found in a Santa Ana hotel room, appeared by video from the Central Jail in Samta Ana. She was charged Monday with two felony counts of special circumstances murder.

Appearing behind bars and clad in a blue jail jumpsuit, Edge was asked about setting an arraignment date.

“Only if you promise me the death penalty,” she said to the judge twice.

On prompting from her attorney, she acceded to the judge’s question.

Edge’s arraignment was postponed to Oct. 25.

Outside the courtroom, the prosecutor said death penalty references would be “assessed at the appropriate time.”

“The only death penalty she’s been able to achieve successfully has been that of her children,” said Senior Deputy District Attorney Sonia Balleste.

Her attorney later obtained Edge’s consent to confer with jail medical and psychiatric staff about Edge’s condition.

Edge, 42, was taken into custody after attempting to ram her car into an electrical box outside a Home Depot store in Costa Mesa, police said.

When police arrived at the scene, Edge refused to exit her car. When officers tried to extricate her, “she was attempting to strangle herself with something around her neck,” a Santa Ana police spokesman said.

Edge told authorities that her two dead children – identified in court documents as 10-year-old Faith and 13-year-old Jaelen – were at the Hampton Inn & Suites in nearby Santa Ana, police said.

Officers rushed to the hotel, where they found the children’s bodies in a room on the third floor.

The children’s father, Mark Edge, of Marietta, Ga., had full custody of the children, authorities said.  Marilyn Edge had been expected to return the children to Georgia over the weekend but never arrived.

An Arizona woman has been charged with two counts of murder by poison after the bodies of her two children were found in a Santa Ana hotel room, authorities said.

Marilyn-EdgeMarilyn Edge, 42, is being held without bail and is on suicide watch at the Santa Ana Jail, according to Santa Ana police.

She was arrested Saturday after attempting to ram her car into an electrical box outside a Home Depot store in Costa Mesa, police said.

“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.

When police arrived at the scene, he said, Edge was uncooperative and refused to exit her car. When officers tried to extricate her, “she was attempting to strangle herself with something around her neck,” Bertagna said.

After Edge was removed from the vehicle, she told authorities that her two dead children – identified in court documents as 10-year-old Faith and 13-year-old Jaelen – were at the Hampton Inn & Suites in nearby Santa Ana, police said. Officers rushed to the hotel, where they found the children’s bodies in a room on the third floor.

Edge was transported to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, treated and released into police custody.

No weapon was recovered at the scene, police said. A motive was not immediately known.

The children’s father, Mark Edge, of Marietta, Ga., had full custody of the children, authorities said.  Marilyn Edge had been expected to return the children to Georgia over the weekend but never arrived.

Marilyn Edge reportedly sued the federal government in 2012, saying a vaccine caused her son to be autistic.  The case was dismissed due to lack of evidence.

She is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

She faces life in state prison without parole if convicted.

An Arizona woman was booked on two murder counts Sunday after her children were found dead inside a Santa Ana hotel, authorities said.

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Marilyn Edge (Credit: Santa Ana Police)

Marilyn Edge, 42, was being held at the Santa Ana Police Department, according to Santa Ana police.

No information was available on the amount of her bail.

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Santa Ana police vehicles respond to the Hampton Inn (KTLA)

Edge was arrested Saturday after driving her car into steel poles protecting an electrical box at a shopping center on Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa, police said.

When officers arrived, she “placed an electrical cord around her neck and began attempting to strangle herself,” according to a press release from the Costa Mesa Police Department.

Officers smashed the car’s windows and removed the woman.

She then alerted them to the two dead children at a Hampton Inn & Suites in nearby Santa Ana around 8:20 a.m. , according to police.

The hotel is located at 2720 Hotel Terrace Drive off the 55 freeway.

Officers sent to a third-floor room discovered the children’s bodies inside, police said.

The children were a 13-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl.

Edge, who is from Scottsdale, Arizona, was taken to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, and later turned over to the Santa Ana Police Department.

Investigators have not said how the children died. A coroner’s report was pending.

Police were planning to book an Arizona woman on suspicion of murder Saturday after discovering her two children dead in a Santa Ana hotel room, according to authorities.

The children’s bodies were discovered inside a room at a Hampton Inn & Suites around 8:20 a.m., Santa Ana police told KTLA 5 News.

The hotel is located at 2720 Hotel Terrace Drive off the 55 freeway.

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Two children were found dead at a Hampton Inn & Suites in Santa Ana.

The children’s ages and gender were not released.  A coroner’s report was pending.

Their mother was arrested miles away in Costa Mesa, after driving her car into steel poles protecting an electrical box at a shopping center on Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa, police said.

Investigators believe she was attempting to kill herself.

She alerted rescue workers to the two children at the hotel in nearby Santa Ana.

Police officers sent to the third-floor room discovered the children inside.

The unidentified woman, who is from Scottsdale, Arizona, was taken to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach.  She was later turned over to the Santa Ana Police Department.

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