Washington mom arrested for attempting to kill her kids
(KOMO TV) OLYMPIA, Wash. – An Olympia mother has been arrested on attempted murder charges after her three young children suffered severe knife wounds to their necks, police said.
Christina Booth, 28, called 911 early Sunday morning after she tried to kill her 2-year-old daughter and 6-month-old twins with a knife while her husband was home, police said. The children were bleeding from their necks when officers arrived at the couple’s home and found the children upstairs, police added.
“She was in our house. We were in her house. I would have never suspected that she would be a person to take this kind of a drastic action. I can’t imagine what stress she must have been under to cause her to do such a thing,” said neighbor Tiffany Felch, who along with her husband has spent time with the couple of several occasions.
Neighbors described Booth as sweet and vivacious. She was quite social when she moved into the area with her husband a couple of weeks ago at around the same time he was deployed overseas, neighbors added. Booth’s husband is an active duty soldier, an official with Joint Base Lewis-McChord said. Once Booth gave birth to twins in 2014, neighbors noticed a change and started to see less of her, they said.
“Once the babies came, they just didn’t come out much at all,” neighbor Tammy Ramsey said. “Many of us are going to question what we could have done to help provide her more support. Why weren’t we knocking on the door?”
Olympia police haven’t said what prompted Sunday’s attack.
“I know that something to prompt what investigators found inside this house went terribly wrong. What it is at this point, I just don’t know,” said Olympia Police Lt. Jim Costa.
Booth and her husband were questioned by detectives, but police don’t think he played any role in the attack, they said. He was released from custody and never placed under arrest, they added.
“I think that we need to rally and love to understand and not to judge. That’s a horrifying event. That’s horrible, but the worst thing the community can do is to start casting judgment on her.”
The couple’s 3 children went through surgery on Sunday, police said. As of early Sunday evening, they were still in the hospital and appeared to be stable, police added.
The children are being taken into protective custody.