Woman slashes her children’s throats to quiet them, police say

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A 28-year-old mother in Olympia, Wash., faces three counts of attempted murder for allegedly attacking her three small children with a kitchen knife.

Police say Christina Booth cut her children’s throats in an attempt to keep them quiet, KCPQ reports. The children -- a 2-year-old and six-month old twins -- remain hospitalized.

Court documents say Booth and her husband had been drinking Saturday night when the mother took a kitchen knife and cut the throat of all three of her children. The mother who was uncontrollably crying called 9-1-1 saying her children were bleeding. Her husband then got on the phone with the dispatcher:

"What's going on with the babies?" the dispatcher said.

"Uh, they are bleeding right now. We need an ambulance immediately," the husband said.

Court documents say the husband, a soldier based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, told police Christina has been stressed raising the children and had also been taking medication for postpartum depression.

"It's clear enough to say stress is a factor in this whole thing," Olympia Police Lt. Jim Costa told KOMO. "I mean, I've been asked several times what would cause a person to do that and I think we can all look at that and figure out it's not something that just happens by chance there's something that pushed her to the breaking point."

Olympia police at this point don't believe the father had any involvement in the alleged crime, saying he in fact likely saved all three children's lives by providing medical aid before paramedics arrived.

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