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May 25, 2012

U.S. News: Suicidal Philadelphia woman killed toddler twins, poisoned 4-year-old, police say

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May 25th 2012, 16:15

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A crime scene unit member carries a body from a home in Northeast Philadelphia on Thursday after toddler twins were found dead.

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A Philadelphia woman who police say believed her husband was having an affair is accused of killing her toddler twins and poisoning her 4-year-old daughter before attempting to commit suicide.

Philadelphia police say Stacey Smalls, 41, attempted to commit suicide by slitting her own wrists after killing her 1-1/2-year-old son, Adam, and the boy's twin sister, Eve, on Thursday, one by drowning and the other by strangulation. Police Lt. Raymond Evers told NBC10 that the 4-year-old "was given some kind of substance to drink or swallow."

Stacey Smalls will be charged with two counts of murder, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told NBC10.

On Friday morning, the children's father, Ron Smalls took the younger children’s  toys, high chairs and play pen to the curb as a trash truck pulled up, in Philadelphia reported. He told NBC10 outside his home in the Tacony neighborhood of Philadelphia that he wasn't ready to talk about the incident, but did say that his 4-year-old daughter was expected to be OK.

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NBC10 reported that sources said Stacey Smalls left four notes indicating she was upset about an affair she accused her husband of having.

"She had something she felt was justification but there is no justification ... two young babies dead, and there is no excuse for that," Ramsey said.

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Neighbors said that the father came home Thursday afternoon and called 911, NBC10 reported.

Stacey Smalls was taken to Frankford Hospital while the 4-year-old girl was in stable condition at St. Christopher’s Hospital, police said.

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Neighbors in Northeast Philadelphia react as police remove the bodies of toddler twins on Thursday.

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