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Pa. mother charged with killing her toddler twins

Associated Press Modified: May 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm •  Published: May 25, 2012
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A woman was charged Friday with killing her 18-month-old twins, named Adam and Eve, in the family home. Police said she also attempted suicide by cutting her wrists.

Stacey Smalls, 41, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, police said.

Investigators believe one twin was strangled and the other was drowned. Authorities are awaiting autopsy results for the official causes of death.

Police also allege Smalls gave her 4-year-old daughter some type of substance to drink in an attempt to poison her. The girl is listed in stable but guarded condition at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.

A police spokesman said Smalls, who worked as a nurse at a nursing home, then tried to kill herself by cutting her wrists. Her husband, Ronald Smalls, discovered the scene when he came home Thursday afternoon from his job as a corrections officer and called 911.

Police have not officially commented on a possible motive for the killings.

"She had something that she felt was justification but there is no justification... it's a tragedy, two young babies dead and there is no excuse for that," Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said.

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