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Woman Suffocates Three Daughters

September 24, 1999

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) _ A woman who suffocated her three daughters while they slept apologized to relatives on Friday as she was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

The judge agreed that Megan Hogg, 27, was suffering from depression on March 23, 1998, when she slipped into the girls’ bedroom and duct-taped their noses and mouths. But her mental state didn’t affect the sentence, which was agreed upon when Hogg avoided trial by pleading no contest to three murder charges on Aug. 11.

``The defendant made three separate cruel, cold and calculated decisions to take the lives of her children,″ said San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Mark Forcum.

Hogg drank a powerful mixture of cocoa, pain killers and antidepressants in a failed suicide attempt after killing Antoinette Michelle Marden, 7; Angelique Jennifer Roberts, 3; and Alexandra LeeAnn Roberts, 2.

``I’m sorry, that’s all I can say,″ Hogg told Mary Roberts, grandmother to the younger girls.

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