The Associated Press
MARIETTA — A mother accused of killing her two children in southern California has ties to Cobb County.
Marilyn Edge, 42, was charged with murder in connection with the deaths of her 13-year-old son, Jaelen, and 10-year-old daughter, Faith, who were found dead in a hotel room late Saturday.
Police found Edge, who they described as suicidal, after she crashed her car outside a shopping complex. She could face the death penalty if convicted.
Edge was supposed to return the children to their father in Georgia during the weekend and was driving a car with a Georgia license plate when she crashed Saturday morning. Several civil suits have filed against her in Cobb County Superior Court including a divorce case in 2006 and contempt in December 2012, according to a check of court records.
Her most recent address is in Arizona, Santa Ana Police said, and it wasn’t clear why she traveled to Orange County, Calif.
An attorney representing Edge’s ex-husband says she lost custody of her children last week and was expected to return them to Georgia on Sunday.
After the crash, Edge refused to get out of the car and tried to choke herself with a belt or rope as rescuers worked to free her, he said. Police found liquid propane in Edge’s car.
As she was being taken to the hospital, Edge told authorities they could find her children at a hotel in nearby Santa Ana, Calif. After officers discovered the bodies, police obtained a search warrant late Saturday for the hotel room and worked overnight on the case, Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
“(Saturday night), it was mainly trying to figure out who these people were and dealing with the scene itself,” he said.
No weapon had been recovered from the scene, Bertagna said.
The cause of death has not been released.