Olympia mother arrested; 3 kids had throat wounds

Ted Land reports

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Three young Olympia kids are in critical condition after police say their mom attacked them with a knife.

29-year-old Christina Booth is now booked into the Thurston County Jail on three counts of attempted first degree murder.

Police say the 911 call went out just after 1 am, Saturday. The kids' father told dispatchers that his three babies were bleeding from their necks.

Paramedics arrived to find 6 month old twins and a two year old with life-threatening injuries caused by a knife.

"I think it's surreal," said Tammy Ramsey, who lives right across the street, "you have biases about who you think might do this to children and this family doesn't fit that bias."

Police say the father was in a different part of the house during the attack.

"We've released him from our station, he voluntarily came down there, I don't have any reason to believe at this point that he was involved with this," said Lt. Jim Costa, a detective with the Olympia police dept.

In the quiet subdivision, built just a few years ago, neighbors were stunned to see all so much police activity on a Sunday morning.

"She's such a sweet lady, really, really nice, and I would've never guessed that anything like that could happen," said Erik Felch, a neighbor.

"I think many of us will wonder what could we have done to help her more," said Ramsey.

The kids are now in the custody of Child Protective Services, while prosecutors prepare to charge their mom with attempted murder.

Police cleared the scene by late afternoon, Sunday. The kids' father, a member of the military, showed up to gather some belongings.


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