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Mother accused of drowning daughters faces two murder charges

February 24, 2012 | 12:06 pm

Mother charged with drowning two daughtersThe Los Angeles woman accused of drowning her two daughters is now facing two murder charges, days after her oldest daughter was taken off life-support.

Prosecutors amended a criminal complaint Friday to include both deaths of the woman’s young daughters after 5-year-old Miriam Taque died Wednesday after a week on life-support. Authorities had previously identified her as Marian, but the official death record from the coroner's office listed her name as Miriam Taque.

Lorna Valle, 32, was arrested last week in connection to the death of  1-year-old Lindsay and on an attempted murder charge related to Miriam. She was being held on $1.5-million bail.

The girls' father told police he returned home on Feb. 15 and discovered that his wife had tried to drown the girls in a tub.

One witness said they heard the father shouting, "My babies! My babies!" Other witnesses said the father had to be restrained as he tried to confront his wife, who was emotionless with an empty gaze.

The girls were rushed to the hospital, where Lindsay was pronounced dead hours later. Miriam was removed from life-support Tuesday at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles after organ donation arrangements were made.

Acquaintances say the mother struggles with depression. Prosecutors haven't decided whether to seek the death penalty.

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-- Dalina Castellanos

Photo: Lorna Valle, center, is facing two counts of murder for allegedly drowning her two daughters, Miriam, left, and Lindsay. Credit: Family photo / KTLA News

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