Mother charged with fatally stabbing 3 children in Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The third of three children who police say were attacked by their mother in Florida has died.

Palm Bay police said in a statement Monday that 5-month-old Christopher Swist died Sunday night.

Florida Today quotes Palm Bay Police Chief Mark Renkens ( ) as saying Monday that 33-year-old Jessica Lacey McCarty strangled the infant and 6-year-old Philip McCarty and drowned 7-year-old Laci McCarty.

Immediately after Friday night’s attack, police said the mother had a knife and the children had been cut. On Monday, they said there was no indication the children had been stabbed.

Jessica Lacey McCarty chose to remain in custody under a special medical watch when she appeared in court Sunday.  Palm Bay police spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez said she will be charged with three counts of murder.

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