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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 “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