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Mom Accused Of Stabbing Her Two Daughters, Then Driving Them Into A River

Christina Martinez's two children, ages 8 and 10, survived after a passerby saw the family's SUV in the water and called 911.

By Jill Sederstrom

A Colorado woman is accused of stabbing her two daughters, putting them in her SUV and then driving them off a bridge into the Arkansas River.

The children, ages 8 and 10, survived after a passerby saw the vehicle in the river and called 911.

The Otero County Sheriff’s Office has charged the girls’ mother, Christina Martinez, 33, with four counts of attempted first-degree murder, two count of first-degree assault, two counts of felony child abuse and arson, according to a statement from the department.

The incident began early Sunday morning on March 31 when investigators say Martinez stabbed her two daughters at their home. She then put the girls into her vehicle and began driving northbound on Colorado State Highway 207, until the SUV left the roadway and drove off a bridge into the river, authorities said.

Christina Martinez

When emergency responders arrived, Martinez was reportedly found outside of the SUV. Rescuers were able to retrieve the two young girls and all three were taken to a local hospital for treatment, the sheriff’s office said.

On Monday, Martinez was discharged from the hospital and was later arrested by sheriff’s deputies and taken to jail, according to Colorado station KOAA. Her two young daughters have also been released from the hospital.

Martinez’s bond was initially set at $500,000, however, that amount was later reduced to $50,000 in her first court appearance, the La Junta Tribune-Democrat reports.

No further details were released about the alleged crime because children had been involved, the sheriff’s office said.