Mom Charged With Killing Tacony Twins

Father of murdered 1-1/2-year-old twins throws away children's things a day after they were killed as the toddlers' mother faces homicide charges

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    The mother of a Philadelphia woman charged with murdering her twins speaks to NBC 10. Yvonne Newkirk says her family is shattered. (Published Friday, May 25, 2012)

    The Tacony mother who allegedly killed her twins in an attempted murder-suicide has been arraigned on two counts of murder.

    It was a sad sight in Tacony Friday as the father of the twins threw his children's things away.

    Domestic Dispute Provoked Mom to Kill Twins: Cops

    [PHI] Domestic Dispute Provoked Mom to Kill Twins: Cops
    Stacey Smalls is charged with allegedly killing her 1-1/2-year-old twins. Police say that Smalls also poisoned her 4-year-old daughter and attempted to kill herself. According to investigators a domestic dispute between Smalls and her husband is what provoked the tragic incident. NBC10's Deanna Durante reports. (Published Friday, May 25, 2012)

    The father, Ron Smalls, took his children’s toys, high chairs and play pen out to the curb on the 6300 block of Ditman Street as a trash truck pulled up Friday morning. Only NBC10's cameras were there as the items were crushed in the trash truck.

    NBC10’s Tim Furlong asked Ron, who is a corrections officer, if he wanted to talk but the grieving father said he wasn’t ready. Ron did however say his 4-year-old daughter who was apparently poisoned is expected to be OK.

    Dad Comes Home to Find Twins Dead

    [PHI] Dad Comes Home to Find Twins Dead
    Corrections officer Ron Smalls arrived home Thursday to find his 1-1/2-year-old twins dead, his 4-year-old poisoned and his wife bleeding from the wrists. Police say his wife killed his son and daughter. On Friday NBC10's Tim Furlong was there as Ron Smalls removed his children's things from his home. (Published Friday, May 25, 2012)

    The man’s wife Stacey Smalls, 41, attempted to commit suicide by slitting her own wrists after she allegedly killed her 1-1/2-year-old son Adam and the boy's twin sister Eve -- drowning one and strangling the other, Philadelphia Police said.

    Police sources tell NBC10 that Stacey Smalls left four notes explaining that she hurt the children because she was apparently upset after finding out on Mother's Day that her husband was allegedly having an affair with Stacey's daughter from another relationship.

    Mom Kills Twins: Police

    [PHI] Mom Kills Twins: Police
    Police say a mom strangled one of her children and drowned another in their Tacony home. She is hospitalized and being questioned by police. (Published Friday, May 25, 2012)

    "She had something that she felt was justification but there is no justification... it’s a tragedy two young babies dead and there is no excuse for that," Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told NBC10.Adam+and+Eve+Smalls+were+found+dead+in+their+Tacony+home+Thursday+May+24.+Their+mother+Stacey+allegedly+killed+the+1-1%2F2-year-old+twins.

    "Stacey Smalls was transported into the homicide unit and was arrested and charged with two counts of murder," police Capt. James Clark said.

    Twin Toddlers Killed

    [PHI] Twin Toddlers Killed
    Neighbors watched, some cried, and others said prayers as investigators removed two tiny bodies from inside a home on Ditman Street in Tacony. The victims, one and a half year old twins and their lives allegedly taken by their own mother, according to investigators. Police sources tell NBC10's Claudia Rivero that one of the victims was drowned and the other was strangled. A 4-year-old was also taken to St. Christopher's Hospital.The 41-year-old mother allegedly tried to commit suicide by slitting her wrists. Police say she left four letters explaining a possible motive. (Published Thursday, May 24, 2012)

    Neighbors said that the father came home Thursday afternoon and called 911. His twin children were dead, his 4-year-old daughter was poisoned and his wife had slit her wrists, cops said.

    Stacey Smalls was taken to Frankford Hospital while the 4-year-old girl was taken to St. Christopher’s Hospital, police said. The girl has since been released from the hospital and is doing okay.

    Stacey Smalls who worked as a nursing home nurse remained in custody Friday night.

    "I am in a dream," said Yvonne Newkirk, Stacey's mother. "I just want to wake up."

    "This is totally out of character for my niece," said Tony Ball, Stacey's uncle. "She is a very loving individual but something had to happen for this to transpire."

    A memorial continues to grow outside the home where Smalls and her family lived. Late Friday evening, Ron spent a few minutes reading some of the cards neighbors and co-workers left on the doorstep.

    Ron told NBC10 he would live with the incident for the rest of his life and asked for privacy.

    "He's not talking to us and he's being very distant from us," said Ball. "We wish that he would talk so we could bring some closure." 


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