Texas mother called 911 from police lobby to confess to killing 2 daughters, authorities say


IRVING, Texas – A woman who called 911 from the lobby of a suburban Dallas police department and said she had killed her two young daughters was charged with two counts of capital murder, police said Tuesday.

Madison McDonald, 30, was arrested and charged with the murders of her two daughters, Archer Hammond, 6, and Lillian Mae McDonald, 1, Irving police said.

Madison McDonald walked into the Irving Police Department around 10 p.m. Monday and used the phone in the lobby to call 911.

Police said officers went to her apartment and found the two girls dead.

Police spokesman Robert Reeves said McDonald believed she killed the girls by suffocating them, but the coroner’s office will determine the cause of death.

Authorities are working to determine what led McDonald to kill his children.

“We may never know why, because there will be no definition or reason that will ever justify the murder of two young children,” Reeves said.

McDonald was being held at the Irving Jail without bond. Jail records do not include a McDonald attorney who can comment on the allegations.

Reeves said police had been to the McDonald’s apartment before, but could not provide details due to the nature of the calls “and the privacy they require.”

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