Kids found slashed in Mass. apt blaze; mom charged

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Posted: Mar 19, 2012 12:39 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Massachusetts, apartment fire, Tanicia Goodwin, assault with intent to murder, assault and battery, arson, WBRZ

SALEM, Mass. - A Massachusetts mother accused of slashing her children's throats and setting the family's apartment on fire has been ordered held without bail.

Tanicia Goodwin didn't enter a plea at her arraignment Monday in Salem District Court. She's charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and arson.

She's due back in court next week when a judge will decide if she's eligible for bail.

Authorities say Goodwin's 3-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son were flown to a Boston hospital in critical condition after they were discovered Sunday night by firefighters responding to a blaze in their Salem apartment.

Prosecutors say the 25-year-old Goodwin didn't show indications of alcohol or drug use.

Goodwin was appointed a lawyer on the spot.

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