SANTA ANA, CA - Police charged a mother with murder after the bodies of her two children were found inside a Southern California hotel.
Officers were led to the bodies at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Santa Ana after Marilyn Edge, 42, apparently tried to commit suicide Saturday night by crashing her car at a Home Depot parking lot in a nearby town, authorities said.
When police arrived at the parking lot in Costa Mesa, they found the woman with a cord around her neck. She was trying to strangle herself with it, said police Sgt. Tim Starn.
Edge also had a tank of propane gas inside the Honda Accord, and made comments indicating she hoped the car would ignite, police said.
When the woman was removed from the car after struggling with paramedics, she made a reference to an incident at the Santa Ana Hampton Inn, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
Officers doing a safety check at the hotel found the bodies of the children, a 13-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl. The third-floor room was registered to the woman, authorities said.
According to WSB-TV in Atlanta, Marian Weeks, an attorney for the children's father, said Edge was supposed to turn the kids over to their father in Marietta, Georgia late last week but went to California instead.
WSB-TV said that according to court documents, the children's names are Jaelen and Faith. Their father had been given every other weekend visitation last year, but Marilyn packed up the children and moved to Arizona.
It was not clear how long the children had been in the hotel room, Bertagna said, or how they died.
"It's upsetting to say the least. My goodness, if there's two children involved, that's just horrendous to say the least," Mike Ramey, who was staying at the hotel, told CNN affiliate KABC. "It's just a heartbreaker. As a parent, it's just a heartbreaker. It's unbelievable."