The Tacony mother accused of killing two of her children in what police are calling an attempted murder-suicide is being held without bail on murder, attempted murder, assault and related charges, according to court documents.
Stacey Newkirk-Smalls, 41, was arraigned Saturday for the murders of her 1-1/2-year-old twins, Adam and Eve, as well as the attempted murder of her 4-year-old daughter.
The children’s father, Ron Smalls, returned home from work last Thursday to find his twins dead, daughter poisoned and his wife bleeding from the wrists. He called 911.
Police say Newkirk-Smalls drowned one twin and strangled the other. The 4-year-old was rushed to St. Christopher’s Hospital.
Newkirk-Smalls was taken to Frankford Hospital. She was transported from the hospital to the homicide unit where she was arrested and charged on Friday.
Police sources told NBC10 that Newkirk-Smalls left four notes explaining that she hurt the children because her husband was allegedly having an affair with her daughter from another relationship.
"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.
Newkirk-Smalls is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the two murder counts and related charges on June 13.
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