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Alvaro and Taylor Garcia

Update: Mother accused of slashing young boys to death is released from hospital, charged with murder

The mother of two Alabama children found dead inside their home earlier this month has been released from the hospital and charged with two counts of murder, police say.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, the children were found on October 12, slain inside a residence off of County Road 1718, near the Baileyton community in Holly Pond, close to Cullman.

According to Sheriff Matt Gentry of the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office, authorities arrived at the home to find the children unresponsive. First responders pronounced both boys dead at the scene.

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The boys were identified as Taylor Garcia, 9, and Alvaro Garcia, 3. The mother, who allegedly killed both boys, has been identified as 32-year-old Sarah Tapia.

The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office released Tapia’s booking mugshot on Monday, according to Al.com. She was previously taken to the hospital in critical condition after police found her in a field behind her home with self-inflicted stab wounds.

Tracking dogs helped police located Tapia, who was found a few hundred feet from her residence with a knife in her hand, “somewhat hidden” from view.

Sarah Tapia [Cullman County Sheriff’s Office]
CrimeOnline spoke with neighbors of the family, who said the children’s father and older sister were at the grocery store when the incident happened. When they returned, they found the children’s bodies and the father contacted authorities. The neighbors then also called 911.

The father is not considered a suspect, according to Gentry.

The 9-year-old attended Parkside Elementary School.

Gentry added that investigators are working to determine the motive behind the crime. There had been no indication of prior mental health issues and no previously reported issues to police.

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe fundraiser has been created to help the family with funeral and burial expenses for the children.

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