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Mother Arrested For Fatally Stabbing Children After Bystander Restrained Her

Police say Claudia Camacho-Duenas' alleged violent assault started inside an apartment and continued in the parking lot. 

Claudia Camacho Duenas Pd

A Colorado woman was arrested after witnesses claimed she stabbed her adolescent children to death, says police.

Claudia Camacho-Duenas, 37, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the Dec. 30 stabbing of of her kids, according to a press release with the Glenwood Springs Police Department. Police responded to a call made around 2:34 p.m. reporting a stabbing in progress at an apartment complex. When responders arrived, they found Duenas’ biological children, ages 11 and 18, suffering from stab wounds.

Police withheld the names and sexes of the victims.

“Officers arrived quickly to find two victims suffering from significant injuries,” said police. “Life-saving measures were provided and the victims were transported to an area hospital.”

The children were pronounced dead at the hospital.

Officers who arrived at the crime scene simultaneously found that a third party had restrained Duenas, and that person and other bystanders named her as the person responsible for the violent assaults, said police.

Investigators believe the “initial assault” on the children began inside one of the apartments before Duenas chased one into the parking lot. 

Duenas was arrested without incident and booked into the Garfield County Jail. Police are seeking no other suspects in this case.

“Upon completion, the investigation will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review for appropriate disposition,” said police. “At this point, we have provided probable cause statements to detail the circumstances for the arrest of Ms. Duenas.”

It is unclear what the motive behind the killings was.

“This type of violence is uncharacteristic for our community, and our first responders (Police/Fire) are personally affected by this event,” police continued. “We recognize this affects everyone in our community, and we mourn this inexplicable loss of life of these two very young people.”

Glenwood Springs Police directed all further media inquiries to the District Attorney’s Office, who told Oxygen.com they had no additional information for release. 

“We are very saddened to report this tragedy in our community,” Police Chief Joseph Deras told Aspen Daily News. “Particularly in a traditional time of celebration during the holiday season.”

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