January 29, 2011 / 4:15 PM / 9 years ago

Mother who murdered teenaged kids taken to hospital

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Reuters) - A Tampa woman who admitted murdering her two teenage children was taken to a local hospital on Saturday for evaluation, police said.

Tampa police said Julia Schenecker, 50, admitted to killing her 16-year old daughter Calyx and 13-year old son Beau on Thursday night. Police found the bodies of the two children at their home on Friday. Both had been shot.

Police had gone to the home after getting a call from Schenecker’s mother in Texas saying she was concerned about her daughter and grandchildren.

“The suspect (Julia Schenecker) confessed to killing her two children. She described the crimes in detail,” Tampa Police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said in a statement.

Schenecker was arrested and charged with two counts of first degree murder.

Her husband Parker Schenecker, 48, is a colonel in the U.S. Army stationed at Central Command headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. He was out of the country on duty when he was told of the killings.

Neighbors held a candlelight vigil outside the home on Friday night.

Reporting and Writing by Robert Green, Editing by Greg McCune

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