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Woman Pleads Not Guilty in Kids’ Deaths

August 5, 2004

CHICAGO (AP) _ A woman pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges alleging that she drowned her two children in a bathtub in June.

Abby Grason, 23, also entered a not-guilty plea to aggravated arson Wednesday. Her attorney waived formal reading of the indictment.

Grason allegedly started the fire in a microwave June 21, the drowned the toddlers in an upstairs bathroom as the house was burning. Firefighters found the children unresponsive.

Isaac Younan, 2, and Sandra Younan, 3, were pronounced dead at a hospital.

Authorities said Grason told investigators that she killed the children because she thought they would not have a good life with her. Authorities say the children’s father lives in Arizona.

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