New Orleans Mother Arrested in Child Murders - KLFY News 10

New Orleans Mother Arrested in Child Murders

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MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans woman booked with first-degree murder in the deaths of her 3-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter was ordered held without bond during her initial court appearance.

Twenty-three-year-old Chelsea Thornton rubbed her face with her shackled hands as prosecutors described the case against her in a New Orleans courtroom Thursday. Relatives wept as she was led from the courtroom. An attorney representing her declined comment.

Police said the children's paternal grandmother found them dead in a bathtub Wednesday evening.

Thornton was arrested later at a New Orleans hospital where she had gone for treatment of a headache and abdominal pains.

Thornton's mother said her daughter had been treated for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia but had stopped taking her medication months ago.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

10/18/2012 11:28:33 AM (GMT -5:00)

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