SANTA ANA, Calif. - Police say an apparently suicidal woman whose remarks sent authorities to a Southern California hotel room is the mother of two children found dead there.
Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said Saturday night that the 42-year-old woman from Scottsdale, Ariz., has been released from a hospital and will soon be booked for investigation of two counts of murder.
Police say that earlier Saturday the woman deliberately drove her car into poles guarding an electrical box in a supermarket parking lot.
They say the woman made statements that led them to a Santa Ana hotel room where the two kids were found dead.
No names have been released, and the age and gender of the children were also being withheld while relatives are notified.
Officers found the children dead in a third-floor room at about 9 a.m. at the Hampton Inn & Suites. Police in nearby Costa Mesa had called to request that Santa Ana officers check on the childrens' welfare, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
About an hour before the discovery, Costa Mesa police were called to the scene of a supermarket parking lot where a woman had crashed her gray Honda Accord with Georgia license plates into protective poles surrounding an electrical box, Costa Mesa Sgt. Tim Starn said.
"It was clear that it was an intentional act," Starn said.
As paramedics were preparing to take the injured woman to the hospital, "she made some statements that indicated a crime might have occurred" in Santa Ana, Starn said.
Hotel guests were stunned at the discovery at the quiet inn on a sunny weekend in Southern California.
"My goodness if there's two children involved that's just horrendous to say the least," Mike Ramey, who was staying at the hotel with his fiancee, told KABC-TV. "As a parent, it's just a heartbreaker."