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Canada Mom Is Charged With Murder

July 18, 2001

TORONTO (AP) _ Police filed first-degree murder charges Tuesday against a woman found lying semiconscious alongside the dead bodies of her two young children in the trunk of her car.

Jasotha Mahendran, 32, was being treated in a hospital and would be taken into custody when discharged, police Sgt. Robb Knapper said.

Police said they were treating the case as a double murder and attempted suicide.

Details of her condition were unavailable, and police were unable to provide a cause of death of 5-year-old Shiyami and 3-year-old Sageeve, pending an autopsy.

Mahendran had been distraught over the death of her husband in an industrial accident last year, relatives and neighbors said. The couple moved to Canada from Sri Lanka 10 years ago.

Relatives called police Monday when they were unable to contact Mahendran. Police found a set of car keys on the ground beside a green Honda Accord. When they opened the trunk, they found the woman and two dead children inside.

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