Mother Poisons Autistic Son, 13, and Daughter, 9, After Judge Gives Father Custody
A mother has been accused of fatally poisoning her 13-year-old autistic son and nine-year-old daughter in a hotel room after a judge awarded custody of the children to their father.
Marilyn Edge, 42, was arrested in Costa Mesa, California on Saturday after she apparently tried to take her own life by crashing her car. She told responding police officers they could find the bodies of her children, Jaelen and Faith, in a room at the Hampton Inn in Santa Ana.
Edge, from Scottsdale, Arizona, has now been charged with two counts of murder with special circumstances and is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday. If convicted, she could be eligible for the death penalty.
Their deaths came after Edge lost custody of her children amid a years-long contentious divorce with her ex-husband. A Georgia judge awarded her former husband, Mark Edge, custody of the children on Wednesday.
She texted Edge on Friday to say she would give him the children on Sunday – but their bodies were found on Saturday.
Mr Edge, who lives in Marietta, Georgia, was told about the deaths early on Sunday by Atlanta police and was taken to a hospital for duress.
‘He’s emotionally, extremely distressed,’ his attorney Marian Weeks said. ‘He is getting better. His whole focus right now is on the children.’