Castle Rock Mom Accused In Killings Of Children Goes Before Judge

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (CBS4/AP) – The Castle Rock mother accused of killing her 6 and 9-year-old children went before a judge Tuesday morning with bandages on her wrists.

Kelli Murphy, 41, was released from the hospital and taken into police custody on Monday. Police found her children — a 6-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy — dead inside their home in the Founders Village after they say Murphy called 911 Monday and was threatening to commit suicide.

The children were identified Tuesday by the coroner as Liam and Madigan.

kelli murphy Castle Rock Mom Accused In Killings Of Children Goes Before Judge

Kelli Murphy (credit: CBS)

Police say she told them her kids were “in heaven” and also that she slit her wrists. The cause of death for the children is under investigation. Police say they had no visible injuries.

The district judge on Tuesday ordered Murphy held without bond. She will be back in court on Friday and will likely face two counts of first-degree murder.

Murphy had been going through divorce and bankruptcy proceedings. Police said she and her husband had been living separately and that he didn’t arrive on the scene Monday until after officers responded. Court documents show Murphy and her husband filed for bankruptcy last June and then for divorce in February.

A complaint of domestic abuse had been filed and a temporary restraining order granted in March. The restraining order was vacated a week later. Murphy tried to withdraw her request for a divorce on April 26, saying she made it “wrongly, out of anger.” Authorities say officers answered five or six calls to the home in recent months and no criminal behavior was suspected at those times.

Authorities say officers answered five or six calls to the home in recent months and no criminal behavior was suspected at those times. On Sunday, Murphy’s husband asked for a welfare check on the house, but police did not release details of that incident. Police Chief Tony Lane said her husband is not a suspect in the investigation.

On Tuesday the coroner said it may be as much as 6 weeks before she knows how they died.

A makeshift memorial was set up outside Murphy’s house with flowers and stuffed animals.

A neighbor talked to CBS4 about Murphy on Tuesday afternoon.

“She would sit in the driveway and she would supervise them when they were out playing,” the neighbor said. “I attempted to socialize with her and I never got a response.”

The children died one day before the last day of school. They attended Rock Ridge Elementary where Liam was in third grade and Madigan was in kindergarten. Crisis teams were in school on Tuesday to provide counseling.

The Douglas County School District sent parents a letter to let them know what happened to their children’s classmates. The letter reads, “A member of your child’s class has died. Liam (3rd Grade) and Madigan Murphy (kindergarten) were found dead in their home today. It is best to limit a child’s exposure to the media to traumatic events and it is better to hear the information from you.”

The children’s father, who has been identified as Eric Murphy, released a statement on Tuesday. It reads, “We wish to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this most difficult time.”

Comments

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  1. ELS12 says:

    Leave the children alone!! What a horrible thing!!! I blame the father for this just as much as the mother!!! Guys who beat women are the biggest pieces of trash!! Complete cowards!!

    1. Mountainair says:

      It was a complaint. There is no mention that he was arrested. If there was evidence of DV, the state would keep the restraining order in effect until the end of the trial. It is likely she made it up, which is very common for people to use DV as a tool of control. You don’t have to beat anyone to get arrested for DV. It can be two people arguing a little pushing or pulling, name calling or just false claims all together.

  2. ELS12 says:

    On a lighter side of things…

    This reporter resembles Ashley Judd. Wow…what a sexy lady! Great O face @ 2:29!

  3. JOHN says:

    WOMEN WHO KILL THEIR KIDS MEED TO BE RESPOSIBLE FOR KILLING. A MAN CANNOT BE BLAME FOR STUPIDITY OF A WOMAN. I FEEL SORRY FOR THE MAN WHO HAD HIS KIDS MURDERED BY THE MOTHER AND I FEEL SORRY THAT COLORADO COURTS FILE RESTRAINING ORDERS AGAINST MEN WITHOUT PROOF. WOMEN MURDERING THEIR KIDS IS JUST WRONG AND WOMEN WHO BLAME MEN FOR THEIR ISSUES IS JUST PLAIN WRONG TOO. WOMEN NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THESE VICIOUS AND VEXIOUS PLOTS TO DESTROY FATHERS AND KIDS. COURT ALSO NEED TO QUIT BELIEVING VEXIOUS WOMEN AND DESTROYING KIDS.IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME. I WILL PRAY THAT THIS MOTHER IS REMORSEFUL OF WHAT SHE HAS DONE!

  4. Stephanie says:

    John, just FYI, men lie in court, men lie about women, they kill their kids, and do all of the things you listed above. The truth is that none of us know what really happened in that home. Both when the father lived there and not. If the father was so worried about the safety of the children…where was he? I can tell you that if I had to call and do a “well check” and was truly worried about the safety of my kids, I would call the cops, have them meet me there, and go get the children. Blame, blame, blame. Just remember, when you point your finger, there are three more pointing back at you. Been through a bad divorce yourself, I would imagine.

  5. JOHN says:

    YOU KNOW THAT WOMEN ARE JUST AS DESTRUCTIVE AS a few MEN AND IT HURTS KIDS. killing is wrong and you want sympathy for a women who killed her kid just cause she is a women. I am sorry you feel that a women is entitled to killl and cheat at all cost. men dont get away with it and why should a women.’WHERE IS HE IS”? IS ANOTHER LIE BY A WOMEN FABRICATING THE FACT, WOMEN CONTROL KIDS AND DIVORCE AND LOOK-iT IS DESTROYING SOCIETY and unfortunately those kids DIED. Take resposibility for being in drivers seat lady!! Women want to be men now and it cost 2 kids their lives!

    1. Stephanie says:

      Haha, bitter old dude you are. Get a life. I can’t even understand haf of what you wrote. Stop your yelling. I have no desire to be a man. What is up with that?

  6. Amanda Goldsby says:

    Truth of the matter is two children lost their lives. This is not an argument on who to blame… Their mother took their lives and she will ultimately be judged by the court and by God. This has truly been a tragedy in our community. So many parents had to explain to our children this week not only about death but that it was by their own mother. I send my prayers to ANYONE feeling this loss or any loss in their life!

  7. Amber D says:

    Whoa whoa whoa! Hold on just a moment! Kelli Murphy has not been conviceted of anything. She is only a suspect at this point. As stated previously, we do not know what happened in that house or what any of the domestics were behind the scenes. If she is guilty, I pray she feels remourse and finds peace with God. If she is not guilty, I hope evidence looks in Kelli’s favor. If we have the mind set that she did do it she will never have the fair trial she is entitled to. Lets wait for the evidence to tell us who/what did it.

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