updated 6/13/2004 9:22:44 PM ET 2004-06-14T01:22:44

Detectives found the bodies of two young girls at a southwestern Washington rock pit after their mother called police to say she had killed them, authorities said.

Charlene A. Dorcy, 39, told officers Saturday evening she shot and killed her two children — 2-year-old Brittany and 4-year-old Jessica Dorcy, Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox said Sunday.

Cox said Dorcy led detectives to the girls’ bodies at an abandoned rock pit about 35 miles northeast of Carson.

“Our hearts are ripped out like anybody else’s,” Skamania County Sheriff Dave Brown said. “We have children, we are parents and cannot fathom for a moment ever doing something like this ... it digs deep inside and tears us up.”

Dorcy, of Hazel Dell, was being held in Skamania County Jail in Stevenson on Sunday for investigation of murder. She was on suicide watch, KGW-TV of Portland reported. Cox said no court appearance had been scheduled.

Sheriff’s officers said they planned to speak with Dorcy’s husband before commenting on her mental state.

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