Kelli Lynn Murphy Charged With Two Counts Of First-Degree Murder, May Face Other Charges

The cause of death for two Castle Rock children has been determined by the Douglas County Coroner's Office.

In May on a Monday morning, Castle Rock police found the bodies of Liam Murphy, 9, and his sister Madigan, 6, dead in their bedrooms with no visible sign of injury. Police were responding to a 911 call from their mother, Kelli Lynn Murphy, 41, who told dispatchers that she was going to commit suicide and had slashed her wrists. When asked if there were any children in the home, the woman reportedly said, "They're in heaven now."

After conducting initial autopsies on the children, a toxicology test was administered and came back negative. Today the coroner's office determined the cause of death was asphyxiation due to smothering, and are calling it a homicide.

Kelli and Robert Murphy filed for divorce in February after filing for bankruptcy last year. According to 9News, Kelli filed a restraining order against her husband in March, citing domestic abuse. Kelli claimed in court documents that both she and her children suffered physical abuse, but later tried to withdraw the divorce request.

Kelli Murphy is being charged with two counts of first-degree murder and could face child abuse charges. She is due back in court August 18.

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