A Philadelphia woman who police say believed her husband was having an affair is accused of killing her toddler twins and poisoning her 4-year-old daughter in a murder-suicide attempt.
Philadelphia police say Stacey Smalls, 41, attempted to commit suicide by slitting her own wrists after killing her 1-1/2-year-old son, Adam, and the boy's twin sister, Eve, on Thursday, one by drowning and the other by strangulation. Police Lt. Raymond Evers told NBC10 that the 4-year-old "was given some kind of substance to drink or swallow."
Stacey Smalls will be charged with two counts of murder, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told NBC10.
NBC10 reported that sources said Stacey Smalls left four notes indicating she was upset about an affair she accused her husband of having.
"She had something she felt was justification but there is no justification ... two young babies dead, and there is no excuse for that," Ramsey said.
Neighbors said that the father came home Thursday afternoon and called 911, NBC10 reported.
Stacey Smalls was taken to Frankford Hospital while the 4-year-old girl was in stable condition at St. Christopher’s Hospital, police said.
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