Fairfield police arrested a 28-year-old woman this afternoon on suspicion of fatally stabbing her 3-year-old twin daughters before trying to kill herself and burning down her apartment Tuesday night. Monica Christine McCarrick was arrested at the John Muir Medical Center, where she underwent surgery for self-inflicted lacerations, police said. She was arrested for two counts of murder, two counts of child abuse resulting in death, one count of arson, and one count of destruction of evidence, Sgt. David Walsh said. Police said she will be booked in the Solano County jail when she is released from the hospital. The Fairfield Fire Department went to McCarrick’s third-story apartment in the Summit at Paradise Valley complex, located at 3001 N. Texas St., around 10:40 p.m. after a water sprinkler activated an alarm, police said. The apartment was burning when firefighters arrived, but Fairfield Fire Marshal Jerry Clark said there was minimal fire damage to the apartment. The activated sprinkler prevented the fire from spreading to other units and might have saved lives, he said. Responding firefighters found the girls’ bodies and McCarrick, who was suffering from several lacerations. Officials have not disclosed where they were found or if a weapon was recovered. Neighbors also reported the fire, and some tried to enter the apartment but could not because something heavy, such as a sofa, seemed to be blocking the door, said Jennifer Babas, whose husband Adrian was one of those who attempted a rescue. One man who attempted a rescue reported seeing a bloody knife when he looked through a sliding glass window, Jennifer Babas and neighbor Quincy Deal said. Police said the apartment door and windows were locked. Neighbors said today they did not know much about McCarrick, not even her name, because she moved into the apartment complex a month or so ago. Deal said he thought it was odd that McCarrick parked her white Nissan Versa horizontally across three parking spaces in the nearby carport on Monday. He said some neighbors were upset about it because the car remained parked that way until Tuesday morning. Neighbor Gladys Ortega said she noticed McCarrick sitting alone in her car in the carport around 3 p.m. Monday. She said McCarrick received some kind of warning about how she parked the car, and that it was parked correctly in its normal spot Tuesday morning. “She seemed like a normal mom,” Ortega said. Another neighbor, who did not want to give her name, said she once helped McCarrick carry groceries from her car soon after she moved in. She said she had heard that McCarrick’s husband was working in the eastern United States but was supposed to join the family in Fairfield soon. Fairfield police said the father is not living in the immediate area. They said they will not release the children’s names until their family is notified.
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