CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (CBS4) – Police in Castle Rock on Monday afternoon said the mother of two children who were found dead in their home has been taken into police custody.

castle rock Castle Rock Mom In Custody After Deaths Of Children

The scene of the crime on May 23 in Castle Rock. (credit: CBS)

Kelli Murphy, 41, was released from the hospital after being admitted sometime in the morning. Police immediately took her into custody upon release and began interrogations. She could face charges of child abuse as well as two possible counts of first degree murder, authorities said.

Murphy’s children, a 6-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy, were found dead by a police officer who responded to the home after Murphy made a 911 call and said she was suicidal. Police said Murphy had slit her wrists.

The home is located on the 200 block of Cherry Street, in the Founders Village neighborhood. Neighbors told CBS4 many children in the neighborhood and possibly the two who died were together at a barbecue on Sunday night.

So far there’s no word on how the children died.

Comments (23)
  1. Rose Falk says:

    This is why there has to be a death penalty. No questions asked for these cowards using the mental excuse. You kill your kids but can’t kill yourself you die anyway.Not open for discussion. She managed to pick up the phone for herself after she killed her children. They didn’t have a choice. Neither should she! Her children and in Heaven. She won’t be joining them there.

    1. amber says:

      I would rather she live a long life thinking about her children than die.

    2. Jenn says:

      Rose AMEN SISTA!!!!! i dont care what anyone else believes. If you kill someone you deserve to die the way you killed. U people are bringing god into this when really if this was your family would you be saying that it is all up to god NO. Rose this may not be your family but i feel like if someone is sick enough to kill their own children then they cant be any help to society anyways. BRUCE HOW ABOUT YOU GO AHEAD AND READ THE TEN COMMANDMENTS….THOU SHALL NOT KILL…. IF YOU WANNA BRING GOD INTO THIS THAN MAYBE YOU SHOULD MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR DUCKS IN A ROW….Thank you!

  2. bruce says:

    Rose, sounds to me like you are passing judgement, a privilege that, according to the Bible, resides solely with God. And yes, you are passing judgement with the following sentence “Her children and in Heaven. She won’t be joining them there.”. Those are words from your mouth, not God’s, therefore you are passing judgement. Perhaps you can tell this mother, when you eventually see her, just who you didn’t get to go to Heaven.

    1. Leigh says:

      Bruce, you are so right only God can judge what this woman did to get her husband’s attention to get him back, it is so sad those 2 beautiful angels had to die in the process. God Be with them all.

  3. Mark says:

    More weird stuff going on the suburbs than in cities now. Places are disconnected, neighbors don’t know one another etc. No thanks.

    1. Greg says:

      I know the family. They were not disconnected, they were involved. Many knew them. Neighbors knew them. Their kids played sports. This could have happened in the inner city, the suburbs or the middle of nowhere you insensitive S.O.B.

      1. Amanda Goldsby says:

        Thank you Greg! I live in this community and it is a wonderful place to be! My neighbors are good people who will help you and their kids play with yours and there are BBQs and volunteers, amazing teachers and staff at the school… I could go on and on! From what I know Kelli was even an active volunteer at the school. You have no idea the struggle people go through. I can not fathom a mother killing her children and there is no excuse… but it is not our place to presume we know anything about the family or the community!

  4. Gail says:

    Rose, I feel sad for you, you make a judgment without knowing the situation.
    It is tragic in every sense of the word, and for every one involved, to believe that this is the only solution to mounting problems comes from a hopeless state of mind. Rose, I hope you never find yourself in that position, and if you do, I pray others don’t judge you as harshly. Life can be overwhelming at times, and help is not always available. My God does not judge so harshly, or so quickly. From the reports there is much more to this tragic story.

    1. Molly says:

      Gail, Nicely Said. Ditto!!!

  5. Kim says:

    The news says the mother filed a restraining order in March against the father. I think after all is said and done we are going to discover a great deal more about the father. I read these comments, and feel I made the right decision to leave the church years ago. I love the Lord and have a relationship with Him that is stronger than ever; but good grief, Christians are such rigid, non-caring judges! As if their lives are perfect. I have felt hopleless myself at one time, and it was when I was going through a divorce. The church was no where around, nor knew what to do after my husband had an affair. Interestingly enough, when I broke down (after the woman he had the affair with stalked us), I was told that I must forgive him. Let’s pray for this family. They are going to need it. This is a much more productive thing to do than sentence her to hell! Which I can’t help but feel is where people like Rose will end up. All that hatred is not from God.

    1. Amanda Goldsby says:

      I am a Christian but I am not a rigid, non-caring judge of anyone! I think perhaps while reading these comments you should not be the judge!

  6. DMR says:

    Such a tragic story. I pray for the family and friends of the family. So sad that someone wasn’t able to see the signs so the family could have gotten help.

    1. Dean says:

      DMR, people do try to reach out for help. It just seems that sometimes people would rather look the other way than get involved. I am sure lots of people might have recognized some signs, but then what?

  7. Doc Zee. says:

    Restraining orders are often filed based upon false allegations and the courts often grant them. Simply, the courts tend to error on the side of caution. Accordingly, I would not yet assume that the father is guilty of doing anything wrong.. In family law cases, it is often a race to the courthouse and the system often gets things completely wrong. This is but another sad case where the system unfortunately failed two innocent children. Claarly, the two children should have never been left with their mother.

  8. Karly says:

    Clearly the father wasn’t a great person for the children to be with either. Reports are showing he grabbed the daughter by the throat twice. Really? Who grabs their child around the throat? In the court system, they just want to be done with a case. They can’t even hear all the facts if the opposing parties counsel doesn’t want it to be admitted. The judical system is an oxymoron. There is no justice. It is whoever has the best attorney and most money. Facts are overlooked. Sad story all the way around.

  9. Phyllis says:

    Rose says “cowards using mental excuse”. Does that mean that some people don’t have mental issues? I think any mother who would harm her children has mental issues going on. Whether temporary or not. Mental disorders are REAL.

  10. Ann Jacobs says:

    Last time I checked I thought that I lived in America! So, Rose, Amber, Bruce, Mark, Gail, Molly, you get the picture all have the freedom to express their thoughts without being criticizied. This is what is wrong. People can never express their emotions without someone complaining.

    1. Gail says:

      Yep in America, you also have the rigtht to say what you think, just as I do, or as everyone else you mentioned. The only difference is that, as an Army Veteran, I defended my, your, and eveyone else in America’s right to express what they think. Thank You for yours Ann. And you are welcome for defending that right. US ARMY 1974-1977

    2. amber says:

      Dear Pot, I wasn’t complaining about anyone’s opinion. I was simply stating that death would be a lot easier for her than living with what was done.

  11. JOHN says:

    SAD THAT WOMEN KILL AND IT IS A FATHER FAULT? WHY DONT WOMEN TAKE RESPOSIBILITY FOR THEIR ISSUES? sad for the father who does not have his kids and the women who lied to herself and the courts for killing her kids! Court side with good women and crazy ones too!

  12. Bella says:

    There is NO good excuse at all for killing kids when life gets tough. Why is it that, the kids are the ones that get their little lives taken, never to grow up because some adult is not happy anymore? Give me a break, quit making up excuses for anyone harming a child. Someone is said: people don’t know the situlation……….Let me see……….NO, sure can’t think of why any situlation would give a parent a right to killl a child!!!!!!!!!!!! Life sucks sometimes and children should not be killed for it!!!!! I still have scars from my mother using me for a human punching bag and ashtray……. Two more children will never finsih school, college, marry and no one has the right to take them off the face of this earth……….

  13. brandy says:

    IF parents love their children and don’t want them or can’t handle raising them, they find someone that will.

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