Police: Mother who stabbed 3 young children was stressed, overwhelmed

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Olympia woman accused of stabbing her three small children is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Monday in Thurston County Superior Court.

Police arrested 29-year-old Christina E. Booth early Sunday for investigation of attempted murder after arriving to her house and finding her three children, a 2-year-old and 6-month-old twins, bleeding from their necks.

A crying woman called 911 at 1:17 a.m. and said her kids were crying and wouldn't stop. A man came on the line a minute later and said the kids were bleeding from the neck and needed an ambulance.

The children were immediately taken away for treatment, and are now at Tacoma’s Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, where all three have undergone surgery for their wounds.

Lt. Jim Costa said Monday that detectives still have a lot to do, but in talking with her husband and neighbors they're getting a picture of a woman who may have been overwhelmed by her children.

Her husband is a soldier who is frequently deployed. He was home over the weekend.