Texas mother confesses to killing her 1 and 6-year-old daughters by suffocating them, police say

A Texas woman who confessed to suffocating her two daughters to death was charged with capital murder, authorities said.

Madison McDonald, 30, was arrested Monday in connection with the deaths of Lillian Mae McDonald, 1, and Archer Hammond, 6, police in the Dallas suburb of Irving said. She is charged with two counts of capital murder of a person under the age of 10.

McDonald allegedly visited an Irving police station around 10 pm and called 911 from a phone inside the lobby to confess that he killed the children “by suffocating them,” police said Tuesday.

Texas authorities said 30-year-old Madison McDonald confessed Monday night to suffocating her two young children.
(Irving Police Department)

“That’s what she believes about how she killed the two daughters,” said police officer Robert Reeves.

The officers were sent to the police lobby and to their home, where they confirmed that both girls were dead. A coroner will determine the cause of death at a later date.

Reeves described McDonald as “very calm” during his discussion with investigators. Authorities have not determined the motive for the alleged killings.


“This is a horrible incident where two children were killed,” Reeves said. “We may never know why, because there will be no definition or reason to justify the murder of two young children.”

McDonald is being held at the Irving City Jail. Authorities had previously been called to his apartment in the past, Reeves said without elaborating.

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