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S.C. Mother Accused of Ax Killing

November 13, 2000

CAINHOY, S.C. (AP) _ A woman was charged with murder for allegedly killing her 6-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son with an ax.

The two children were found lying in tall grass near an abandoned home on Saturday. Berkeley County coroner Wade Arnette said the children likely were killed inside the family’s mobile home, then taken outside. Police searching the home on Saturday found an ax inside.

Perstephanie Simmons, 30, was arrested and charged with two counts of murder after a neighbor reported the children had been harmed.

Deputies questioned Simmons, but still don’t know what prompted the killings, said Berkeley County Sheriff’s Capt. Ricky Driggers.

Simmons also had a second daughter, who was taken into protective custody. Police didn’t have her age or know where she was when the killings occurred.

``It was flat horrible,″ Driggers said. ``In 18 years in law enforcement, I have never seen anything like this.″

Simmons was being held pending a bail hearing on Monday.

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