This Is Heartbreaking: Mom With History Of Abuse & Drug Use Arrested For Killing Her Twin Daughters With A Sword

Mon, October 18, 2010 4:00pm EDT by 175 Comments

California resident Monica Christine McCarrick could be facing the death penalty if convicted of stabbing her 3-year-old twin daughters to death and then setting fire to her apartment. Considering she has a history of drug abuse and domestic violence, experts question why she was even allowed to be alone with the girls.

HollyMoms, brace yourself for an extremely disturbing story out of California. Monica Christine McCarrick was arrested last week after allegedly stabbing and slicing her 3-year-old twin daughters to death on Tuesday before setting their Fairfield, Calif., apartment on fire and turning the sword on herself. “We have no evidence that anyone else was involved,” says Fairfield police lieutenant Darren Moody. “The doors and windows were locked from the inside.”

If Monica was attempting suicide, she failed. The 28-year-old has been recovering at the John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, where she was arrested on two counts of murder, two counts of child abuse resulting in death, one count of arson and one count of destruction of evidence on October 13. She did not enter a plea and a court date has not been set yet.

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As soon as Monica is released from the hospital, she will be booked at Solano County Jail. And if convicted she would be eligible for the death penalty, which might just be fitting considering the reports that she nearly decapitated her kids with a samurai sword and then stacked their bodies up against the door to make it difficult for firefighters to enter the burning building. Can you even imagine anything so horrible?

Perhaps the saddest part of this whole tragedy is that it appears that Monica didn’t just suddenly snap. She’s had a history of drug abuse and has been arrested for methamphetamines as well as domestic violence in the past. Police don’t currently have a motive and have been attempting to track down the girls’ father, Michael Ball.

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While some experts suspect that she could have been suffering from postpartum depression, others agree that she should have never been left alone with those girls.”She would be depressed about anything and everything for no particular reason. It’s a biological depression,” explains Dr. Peter Cotsirilos of Western Sierra Psychiatry, about postpartum depression.”Three years is a long time to be blaming this woman’s behavior on post-partum,” says Dr. Gilda Carle Ph.D., adding that besides jail time and rehab this woman needs serious psychiatric help. “She is a drug user and that is what is going on here. Those little girls should have been removed from the home a long time ago.”

“Simply put, Monica fell through the cracks,”  New York City based psychotherapist and advice columnist Jonathan Alpert tells HollyBaby.com. “Unfortunately the system isn’t always set up to play babysitter and family must be actively and heavily involved in managing the situation.”

–Amy L. Harper

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tomato

Posted at 5:53 AM on October 9, 2013  

Bring back the electric chair and don’t wet the sponge.

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Kim

Posted at 3:31 PM on July 10, 2012  

Where were the authorities in all of this? If she had a history, then why was she still allowed those children!!!???

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David

Posted at 8:21 AM on July 10, 2012  

how could someone do that to any person, let alone two little 3 year old girls..

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kellie

Posted at 2:11 AM on July 9, 2012  

Its horrible that children have to suffer with having bad parents and suffer a horrible death but they are in Heaven where they are better off. Not to have to endure pain and suffer in this horrible world full of evil and its going to just get worse.

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J-Nemin15

Posted at 11:48 PM on June 13, 2012  

True someone need to stab her with the same sword for millions of time….
She needs to know how hurt her twin get through…..WTF is wrong with these mother of beautiful children??
I wish that I can adopt every child that get killed by their parents…because baby is one important gift from God….live in peace….beautiful girl…

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carolina

Posted at 6:59 PM on June 4, 2012  

i think parents who kill their children should die the same way their child did that should be their death sentence so they know how it feels

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Samantha

Posted at 9:48 AM on May 25, 2012  

What a sicko. Although at first reaction I was glad to hear she would be facing the death penalty I disagree after I gave it more thought. She was trying to commit suicide, hello! Don’t give her what she wants, I say we let her rot in prison. What I would do to this woman if I ever ran into her.

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Abby

Posted at 12:46 PM on May 27, 2012  

I disagree, even though I am bound to a certain moral code which includes ensuring that people who do wrong don’t get the easy path out because it is what is easier for society…I also feel like a Nazi when it comes to this kind of situation. Let’s just go ahead and cull the baby murderer/ molester (other unimaginable events) crowd and move on from the infection they are trying to spread within our society.

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kane

Posted at 10:08 AM on May 30, 2012  

She does not deserve to live, I wouldn’t want my tax dollars spent on her life in prison..

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rachel

Posted at 4:09 PM on May 22, 2012  

people are so effed up. This story had me in tears :,(

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savanna

Posted at 12:41 PM on May 20, 2012  

Sick woman. I can’t even say the word “mother” becuase that word means more then jus popping out some kids. The death penalty is not enough torture then death is better.

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Abby

Posted at 12:47 PM on May 27, 2012  

I don’t think the word “woman” applies here either…

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mommyof2

Posted at 10:18 AM on May 17, 2012  

OMG those poor innocent little girls :'( I’m in tears just reading this and wondering how much pain and suffering they went through even before this happened because this women is such an unfit mother! God bless those two sweet angels, at least their in a better place where the can be loved.

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mommyof2

Posted at 10:22 AM on May 17, 2012  

And another thing, They shouldn’t give the mom the death penalty because she wants to die! They need to lock her forever and force her to remember what she did everyday until she slowly rots in prison! Post pictures of what she did to her daughters so she’s forced to face it everyday!!!

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kaylee

Posted at 5:58 AM on May 17, 2012  

I have 2yr old twin girls and as a single mum i know its hard. Sitting here in tears 4these poor girls, its crazy wut ppl do, kill urself not ur kids!

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itsyoonhyun

Posted at 1:11 AM on May 17, 2012  

oh gosh…i wonder how the twin girls feel when they were stabbed…

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DaMeglet

Posted at 5:03 PM on May 16, 2012  

They should have let the waste of skin kill herself. Now the rest of us get to pay her hospital bills, court costs and attorney fees so the state can kill her anyway. This country needs an enema!

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muda

Posted at 6:02 PM on May 16, 2012  

by that logic, shouldnt we harvest her organs?

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zach

Posted at 2:45 AM on May 26, 2012  

an anal cleansing? what?

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