SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Police found two children dead in a Southern California hotel room Saturday after authorities say their mother crashed her car outside a supermarket and made remarks that led authorities to them.
The 42-year-old woman from Scottsdale, Ariz., would be booked on suspicion of two counts of murder following her release from Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif., on Saturday night, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. Police said the woman appeared to have been suicidal when officers responded to the crash site.
"It was clear that it was an intentional act," Costa Mesa Sgt. Tim Starn said.
Officers found the children dead in a third-floor room at about 9 a.m. at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Santa Ana.
Police in nearby Costa Mesa had called to request that Santa Ana officers check on the children's welfare, Bertagna said.
The cause of death was under investigation, Bertagna said. No weapon had been recovered from the scene.
About an hour before the discovery, Costa Mesa police were called to the scene of the Albertsons parking lot where the woman had crashed her gray Honda Accord into protective poles surrounding an electrical box, Starn said.
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