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Mother Charged With Murder in Drownings

June 23, 2004

CHICAGO (AP) _ A woman was charged Tuesday with drowning her two young children in a bathtub and setting fire to their home, apparently believing they would be better off dead, authorities said.

``She told detectives that she drowned the children because the children would not have a good life with her,″ Police Commander Dean Andrews said in announcing first-degree murder and arson charges against 23-year-old Abby Grason.

Isaac Younan, 2, and Sandra Younan, 4, were found unresponsive in the bathroom Monday by firefighters and pronounced dead at a hospital, authorities said.

Andrews said the mother started the fire by putting two aerosol cans in a microwave, then went to the bathroom and drowned the children while the fire started to burn. She went to a neighbor’s house afterward and asked them to call 911, he said.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the small kitchen fire, then discovered the children upstairs, Andrews said.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Grason had an attorney. She was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Andrews said the children’s father is separated from their mother.

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