Mom Who Killed 2 Kids After Losing Custody Gets Life

Marilyn Edge claimed she was taking them to Disneyland
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2016 6:07 AM CST
This image provided by the Santa Ana Police Department shows Marilyn Edge, 42, of Scottsdale, Ariz.    (AP Photo/Santa Ana Police Department)

(Newser) – An Arizona woman who murdered her two children after saying she was going to take them to Disneyland will be spending the rest of her life in prison. A judge in California, where the bodies of 13-year-old Jaelen Edge and his sister Faith, 10, were found in a hotel room near the theme park, sentenced Marilyn Edge, 44, to two life sentences with no chance of parole, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She had lost custody of the children just three days before the Sept. 13, 2013 killings and had driven them across the country from Georgia, where their father lives.

The bodies of the children—who were killed with a "combination of medication, drowning, and suffocation," according to the district attorney's office—were found after Edge tried to kill herself by driving into an electrical box in a parking lot. The children's father and other relatives spoke at Friday's sentencing hearing, the Los Angeles Times reports. They "shared stories about the joys and interests" of the children and "talked about the pain and loss their family has experienced due to the actions of the defendant," the DA's office said in a statement.

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