Castle Rock, Colorado
Tragedy in Castle Rock, Colo. / Image: Jeffrey Beall/Flickr/CC BY-ND

Police officers responded to a suicide call in Castle Rock, Colo., Monday morning and found the bodies of two young children. Madigan Murphy, 6, and 9-year-old Liam Murphy were both found deceased in their bedrooms with no apparent injuries. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

Mother told police children were ‘in heaven’

The mother of the deceased children, 41-year old Kelli Lynn Murphy, called 911 police dispatchers at 7:48 a.m. Monday to report that she had slashed her wrists. When asked if there were any children in her home, she replied that the children were “in heaven.” She was found alive with apparently self-induced wounds on her wrists and was taken to Sky Ridge Medical Center, a local hospital, to have her injuries treated. Murphy has subsequently been arrested on two counts of first-degree murder. The father of the children, Robert Eric Murphy, is not a suspect in the ongoing investigation, according to police reports.

Couple going through a divorce

Police Chief Tony Lane told The Denver Post today that the woman and her husband were separated and were divorcing. They had also filed for bankruptcy. Kelli Murphy filed a restraining order against her husband at one point, citing domestic abuse.  However, she later denied the charges and asked the court to dismiss the restraining order.

Police had responded earlier

On Sunday, the day before the tragic incident, Castle Rock police had been called to the home by the husband to check up on the children. The reasons for his concern remain undisclosed, but police say they are “related to” the incident.

Custody and child support meeting scheduled

A hearing had been scheduled for Monday, the day of the incident, to determine a parenting schedule and to discuss child support issues between the divorcing parents. Kelli Murphy wanted to delay the meeting.

Wife did not want a divorce

In earlier documents, Kelli Murphy had said: “I do not want to divorce my husband. We filed papers wrongly out of anger. This needs to stop. We need counseling, NOT a divorce. After attending the parenting class, I know we need to pursue every method we can to save this marriage, keep our family together before it is too late.”



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