Mother Charged With Murder In Deaths Of Her Children

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Jessica Lacey McCarty, 33, charged with murder

Jessica Lacey McCarty, 33,  is facing murder charges following the deaths of two of her children, and an attempted murder charge for the critical injuries to her third child. (Palm Bay Police image)

Jessica Lacey McCarty, 33, is facing murder charges following the deaths of two of her children, and an attempted murder charge for the critical injuries to her third child. (Palm Bay Police image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – A mother of three children is facing murder charges following the deaths of two of her children, and an attempted murder charge for the critical injuries to her third child.

Jessica Lacey McCarty, 33, is now in police custody and deputies with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office are in the process of transporting her to the Brevard County Detention Center where she will be held without bond on the charges, according to Yvonne Martinez, Palm Bay Public Information Coordinator.

Police identified the dead children as Laci McCarty, 7, Philip McCarty, 6, and the critically injured 5-month-old as Christopher Swist.

Swist remains listed in critical condition at Florida Hospital.

ABOVE VIDEO: Yvonne Martinez, Palm Bay Public Information Coordinator, talks with SpaceCoastDaily.com’s Zach Clark about Friday evening’s multiple stabbing homicide in which an 7-year-old girl and her 6-year old brother was killed, and a 5-month old male siblings was critically injured.

At 5:57 p.m. Friday, emergency dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call from a woman claiming to have killed her three children in a home on Kenmore Street NW in Palm Bay.

When police officers arrived at the home, McCarty was in the front yard armed with a knife. She did not comply with repeated commands from officers to drop the knife, which led the officers to deploy several “less lethal” bean bag rounds to gain compliance, according to police.

Seconds later, emergency dispatchers received another 9-1-1 call from a man claiming to be the woman’s boyfriend and the father of one of the children. The caller reported his child was not breathing.

When police officers arrived at the home, McCarty was in the front yard armed with a knife. She did not comply with repeated commands from officers to drop the knife, which led the officers to deploy several “less lethal” bean bag rounds to gain compliance, according to police.

The McCarty was then taken into custody.

The officers then located the three unresponsive children who were later transported to the hospital.

An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday as the cause of death has not been confirmed.

PALM-BAY-POLICE-BREAKING-180“We are still trying to verify the sequence of events, how and why they occurred,” said Lieutenant Mario Augello of the Criminal Investigations Division.

“This is still a very active criminal investigation and our priority as always is making sure we have the right answers so there can be justice in the deaths and injuries of these innocent children.”

Detectives are still reviewing the 9-1-1 calls which will not be released due to its relevance in the criminal investigation.

McCarty will face a judge within 24 hours to address the criminal charges and issues relating to her bond.

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Two Children Dead, One Critical In Palm Bay Stabbing

Police Identified Dead Children As Laci McCarty, 7, Philip McCarty, 6, and the Critically Injured 5-Month-Old As Christopher Swist

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Detectives with the Palm Bay Police Major Case Unit are investigating a multiple stabbing homicide in which an 7-year-old girl and her 6-year old brother was killed, and a 5-months old male siblings was critically injured.

Police identified the dead children as Laci McCarty, 7, Philip McCarty, 6, and the critically injured 5-month-old as Christopher Swist.

Philip McCarty was pronounced deceased at 11:22 p.m. at Wuesthoff hospital.  The child went into cardiac arrest while en route to Orlando, and paramedics diverted to Wuesthoff.

The mother of the children, identified by police as Jessica McCarty, 33, is in the hospital being treated for non-life threatening injuries and Detectives are waiting to interview her.

According to Yvonne Martinez, Palm Bay Public Information Coordinator, McCarty is being detained.

The incident began at 5:57 p.m. on Friday evening when emergency dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call from a home in the 1100 block of Kenmore Street NW.

Jessica McCarty, 33, the mother of the dead and injured children, is in the hospital being treated for non-life threatening injuries and is being detained by police. (Mugshots.com image)

Jessica McCarty, 33, the mother of the dead and injured children, is in the hospital being treated for non-life threatening injuries and is being detained by police. (Mugshots.com image)

The information received indicated that multiple children may have been injured or killed inside the home.

According to Palm Bay Police Chief  Mark Renkens, when patrol officers arrived on the scene, McCarty was armed with a butcher knife and uncooperative.

Officers then found the three children unresponsive with serious injuries. McCarty, who also had visible injuries, was taken into custody and is being treated at the hospital.

Mark Renkens

Mark Renkens

An unidentified man, later determined to be the father of one of the children, arrived at the home immediately after the first 9-1-1 call.

According to police, he called 9-1-1 after finding the children unresponsive.

The two surviving children were taken to Orlando hospitals for further treatment.

“A crime like this is beyond words,” said Commander John Resh.“It is unthinkable that someone could do this to innocent children.”

Detectives are in the process of conducting interviews and documenting the crime scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

ABOVE VIDEO: Neighbors talk with SpaceCoastDaily.com’s Zach Clark about Friday evening’s multiple stabbing homicide in which an 7-year-old girl and her 6-year old brother was killed, and a 5-month old male siblings was critically injured.

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ABOVE MAP: Detectives with the Palm Bay Police Major Case Unit are investigating a multiple stabbing homicide in which an 7-year-old girl and her 6-year old brother was killed, and a 5-months old male siblings was critically injured.

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