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Mother ‘killed daughters to stop them from being abused’


Madison McDonald (left) said she killed Lillian McDonald (right) and her other daughter to prevent them from being abused (Pictures: Irving Police Department/GoFundMe)

A mother who allegedly smothered her two daughters to death said she was trying to protect them from being abused. Madison McDonald, 30, gave her reasoning to police officers as they arrested her in the lobby of a police station where she had called 911 to report her actions.

Questioned by officers, Madison, 30, began ‘talking about how her kids were abused and that she would do anything to protect her children – including “eliminating them”’, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Fox 4.

Madison was calm on Monday night when she explained that her daughters had been abused, Irving police spokesman Robert Reeves told the TV station. Her statement has not been verified by law enforcement officials.

‘We’re trying to figure out the why. In a situation like this, this is obviously a horrific incident where two children were murdered’, Reeves said. ‘We may not ever know the why because there’s not going to be a definition or a reason that would ever justify the murder of two small children’.

Madison walked into the Irving Police Department in North Texas on Monday night and used the lobby phone to call 911 and report that she had killed her daughters, according to a department press release. A video showed the mother pacing around the lobby for about 10 minutes before she made the call.

Officers found her in the lobby and also went to her home on the 700 block of Cowboys Parkway, where they found her daughters Lillian Mae McDonald, 1, and Archer Hammond, 6, dead. Madison reportedly said she smothered her children.

‘The exact determination of how they died will have to be determined by the medical examiner’s office but that is what she believed is how she killed the two daughters’, Reeves said.

Lillian and Archer had different fathers, according to Reeves. A GoFundMe account for Lillian stated that ‘she just adored her daddy’ Chris McDonald and ‘when Chris walked into the room you could see the light and love he had’ for her.

Madison is charged with two counts of capital murder of a person under the age of 10. She is being held at the Irving City Jail without bail and is set to be transferred to the Dallas County jail.

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