FAIRFIELD (CBS) – A Fairfield mother is facing murder charges after allegedly stabbing two twin toddlers to death in an apartment and then setting a fire to the residence.

The Fairfield Police Department said firefighters responded to a fire alarm at 10:46 p.m. Tuesday night on the 3000 block of North Texas Street, finding two three-year-old girls who had apparently died from traumatic wounds.

The toddlers’ mother, 28-year-old Christine McCarrick, was found wounded from several lacerations that were apparently self-inflicted, authorities said.

A source within the investigation told CBS that McCarrick allegedly stabbed the girls with a sword, cutting their throats.

The source also said McCarrick cut her own throat with the sword but survived. Firefighters had difficulty entering the apartment when the call was first made because the victims were placed against the front door, blocking the entrance.

A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said neighbors tried to kick the door down but were unable to save the children.

The step-grandfather of the two dead girls didn’t want to comment on the arrest, but said he will always remember the toddlers and was “praying for their souls.”

”Both beautiful, very smart, very loving,” Ralph Wuerker said.

McCarrick has been charged with two counts of murder, two counts of child abuse resulting in death, arson and destruction of evidence.

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Comments (10)
  1. Big G says:

    I sure hope the DA in this case goes for the Death Penalty!!!

  2. gab says:

    She needs a beat down first and then suffer in jail for the rest of her life. She needs to pay what she did in this life!

  3. sharon says:

    She may have been suffering from postpartum depression for 2 years and nobody ever helped her. It’s a very real thing and she may not have been in control of herself. This young mother, her two dead children and all the family members are all victoms of a broken health care system. It’s tragedy that should never happen. New mothers need support and they may not be of mind to ask for it.

    1. Mike says:

      Yup — this is CLEARLY the goverment’s fault.

    2. sharon is an idiot says:

      Give me a break you clueless bleeding heart moron.

  4. Peaches Limoneus says:

    “two dead girls suffering from wounds,” good writing. I hope no other people suffer after they are already dead. Editor, check please!

    1. KCBS Observer says:

      Yes, the editor should take a look.
      How about “two twin toddlers”? How many more could there be?

      Agree with MR.TJ.

  5. MR. TJ says:

    Put her in jail for the rest of her life without death penalty. Death is what she wanted. Bless your (toddlers) innocent soul!

  6. Monique says:

    Some people just need to be sterilized. And not as a punitive measure, but just because it is the best and right thing to do for everyone

  7. allison says:

    i agree with the comment about postpartum depression to a large extent. having suffered it myself, i often feared that i would be in this position, but i was so afraid that i asked for help. luckily, i had friends and family close by, a supportive and responsible partner, and only one child.

    who knows what could have predicated this horrible tragedy? my heart goes out to the family and to the little girls.

    i am curious to see what the mother has to say. not that PPD is in any way an excuse for what she has done, but it does shed some light and understanding on the situation; we’ll see. it’s horrible that she felt this was the only option she had when i’m sure there were plenty of people available to take care of the babies.

    i also wonder about what other kinds of mental illness she may be suffering from. needless to say, this is very sad and heartbreaking.

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