Fairfield Police
Monica McCarrick, pictured in a photograph released by Fairfield Police, is accused of stabbing her twin daughters, age 3, to death.
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 10/14/2010 8:07:45 AM ET 2010-10-14T12:07:45

A California mother accused of stabbing her twin 3-year-old daughters to death before attempting to take her own life and setting fire to her apartment has been arrested.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Monica McCarrick, 28, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murder, two counts of child abuse resulting in death and one count each of arson and destruction of evidence.

The newspaper reported that McCarrick was to be booked at Solano County Jail after being treated at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek for non-life-threatening injuries.

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Firefighters found the children's bodies around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday inside their mother's apartment after responding to reports of a fire and extinguishing the blaze.

The girls' names have not been released.

Police Lt. Darrin Moody told the Chronicle that McCarrick had had no previous contact with the police and had only moved to building on North Texas St. in the past few weeks.

"Out of respect for the families involved, we will be offering a limited amount of information today," Moody said at a news conference, the newspaper reported.

"I am sure that you are all compassionate and understand this incident and the tragic nature of what we are dealing with," he added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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