Mom Officially Charged In Deaths Of Children

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (CBS4/AP) – A Castle Rock mother was formally charged on Friday in the deaths of her two children.

kelli murphy1 Mom Officially Charged In Deaths Of Children

Kelli Murphy (credit: Douglas County Sheriff)

Kelli Murphy, 41, now faces two different sets of charges — for first degree murder and for child abuse resulting in death. The charges cover the various scenarios for how the children may have died. The Associated Press reported that investigators have two theories about the cause of death.

Police found the bodies of Liam Murphy, 9, and Madigan Murphy, 6, in their beds at their home on Monday.

Authorities said Murphy was the one who called 911 and said she was going to commit suicide and that her children were in heaven. She was taken to the hospital after police showed up and was seen in a court appearance on Tuesday with bandages on her wrists.

Their funerals or Liam and Madigan were set to take place on Friday.

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So far it’s not clear why Murphy may have killed the children. Murphy had been going through divorce and bankruptcy proceedings.

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  1. jb80538 says:

    Divorce and bankruptcy is no reason to kill your kids!

  2. Craig says:

    I think it’s pretty clear that these major life changing events, Divorce, BK’s, Foreclosures are running rampant and rocking us to our core’s. (Oh did I forget to mention we’re in a Major Economic Depression that won’t let up!)

    Looking back now, when I was going through my divorce I wish someone would have directed me to counseling services that didn’t cost an arm and a leg when you’re broke as hell. It was the worst period of my 45 year existence. I don’t know this family’s story but, wow, so easy to prevent something like this.

    Two things I immediately take away, county based counseling services for everyone who files for a divorce? Just tack on $50 to the already high fee that gets everyone a support group if they want it.

    Secondly, wake up America! The economic crisis doesn’t seem to be letting up to me. We have to rely on one another and watch over each other as brothers and sisters or more crazy stuff like this WILL continue to go down!

  3. A FRIEND says:

    MY FAMILY HAD THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING THE MURPHY FAMILY. FOR A FEW YEARS NOW WHILE I AM NOT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, WHAT WE SAW IS THAT KELLI IS A WONDERFUL, DEDICATED MOM. BUT ONE WHO DID AN UNTHINKABLE AND UNFORGIVABLE THING. WHO WILL IF EVER CLEAR ENOUGH MENTALLY WILL HAVE TO LIVE WITH AND THINK ABOUT THE DEVISTATION SHE HAS CAUSED. IF SHE THOUGHT THIS DIVORCE WAS HELL, THEN, SHE HASN’T ENDURED WHAT IS TO COME.NOW, ERIC IS A HANDS ON SOCIAL, OUTGOING WONDERFUL FATHER THAT IS DEDICATED AND HONEST,THAT WAS NOT HAVE A CHOICE HERE. HE IS IN A HELL THAT WILL NEVER END, EVER. A FATHER THAT WE DONT THINK IS CAPABLE OF WHAT IS BEING SAID OF HIM. MY SON RAVED ABOUT MR ERIC.LIAM AND MADIGAN ARE 2 OF THE MOST SPECIAL CHILDREN I HAVE EVER HAD THE PRIVELEDGE OF KNOWING. MY SON IS A GOOD FRIEND OF LIAMS, KELLI A FRIEND OF MINE.THEY ARE VERY CLOSE. IT’S EASY TO SAY WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN AND MAKE JUDGEMENTAL COMMENTS WHEN U DON’T KNOW THE PARTIES INVOVED.BELIEVE ME, I HAVE DONE IT. I AM SO CONFUSED AT THE RANGE OF EMOTION I FEEL. ANGER,SADNESS, CONFUSION , AND EVERTHING IN BETWEEN .WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT WE ARE CAPABLE OF UNTIL WE ARE PUSHED TO THE BREAKING POINT. KELLI BROKE, SHE IS SICK. I AM NOT DEFENDING HER BY ANY MEANS, BUT THAT KELLI, IN THE PICTURES- SHE IS NOT THERE, SHE’S GONE. MAY YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS BE WITH ERIC IN THIS MOST DIFFICULT TIME, DO NOT MAKE IGNORANT COMMENTS ,GIVE HIM THE STRENGHT AND GRACE TO KEEP RISING EACH MORNING AND HONOR HIS LIAM AND MADI’S LEGACIES.. i HOPE TO GOD THAT YOU ARE NEVER IN THIS SITUATION, NOR HAVE A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER THAT IS. TRULY DEVASTATING. GOD BLESS

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