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Mom Who Lost Girls in Fire Attempts Suicide

'Nobody could hold up well,' says relative
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2012 3:01 AM CST
Updated Jan 27, 2012 4:34 AM CST
Mom Who Lost Girls in Fire Tries Suicide
Grief is etched in the faces of Matthew and Madonna Badger after their three daughters perished in a fire in Madonna Badger's Stamford home.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – The Connecticut executive who lost her parents and three daughters in a devastating Christmas Day fire has tried to commit suicide, according to a relative. Madonna Badger was hospitalized last week, reports the New York Daily News. “She is OK. She is out and somewhere safe,” said the relative, who did not elaborate on how Badger tried to take her own life. "It’s just terrible—nobody could really hold up well under the circumstances."

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Badger lost her 9-year-old daughter, Lily, and 7-year-old twins, Grace and Sarah, as well as her parents when embers from a Christmas Eve Yule log apparently sparked the inferno at her Stamford mansion. She "seemed to be coping better at the funeral," said the relative. "But once all of that is gone and you’re left to face what’s happened, it’s terrible." (Read more Connecticut stories.)

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