The mother accused of killing her two children in a California hotel room over the weekend has made a bizarre request to a judge. Marilyn Edge, who is facing murder charges for poisoning her 13-year-old autistic son and 9-year-old daughter, allegedly told a judge she wants the death penalty.
Sadly, this comes from a woman who police say they arrested after she attempted to commit suicide by crashing her car. At the time, Edge allegedly made remarks that led police back to a hotel room where they found little Faith and Jaelen Edge dead.
Their mom and dad were going through a custody battle, and reports indicate Marilyn Edge was desperate to keep her kids away from her ex-husband back in Georgia, even though a judge had granted him joint custody.
Why she was so desperate isn't clear. Although there have been reports of alleged sexual abuse by the dad, the courts said Dad was an OK guy, at least OK enough to get to see his kids once in awhile.
What IS clear is that murder-suicide is not the answer.
Neither is the death penalty for this mom.
At least not in this case. I'm not here to have a debate about whether or not the death penalty is appropriate overall. But in this case, we have a woman who tried to commit suicide. She has made it her mission to die.
In that case, she needs mental help. Serious mental help. It would be a failure on the part of the justice system to not consider the mental health issues of the defendant.
What's more, she does not need the death penalty. That's not a punishment for someone who wants to die -- it's an easy way out. Heck, a punishment someone asks for is not a punishment at all -- whether it's the death penalty or just regular old jail time.
Do you think Edge should get the death penalty if convicted? What should happen to her?
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