|Tanicia Goodwin is arraigned in Salem District Court on 2 counts of armed assault with intent to murder, 2 counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and 1 count of arson on Monday, March 19, 2012 in Salem, Mass. Goodwin is accused of slashing the throats of her 8-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter and deliberately setting her apartment on fire on Sunday, March 18, 2012. Goodwin, 25, was ordered held without bail pending an appearance in court next week. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Aram Boghosian, Pool)|
Family: Mass. mother accused of slashing kids sick
SALEM, Mass.—Family members of the Massachusetts woman accused of slashing her children's throats and setting fire to her apartment say she has a history of mental illness.
They tell The Salem News (http://bit.ly/GDmGZr) that they didn't see any warning signs before 25-year-old Tanicia Goodwin allegedly cut her 8-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter Sunday night.
Goodwin has pleaded not guilty to assault with intent to murder and arson. She's being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing Monday. As of Tuesday, the boy was in critical condition, and the girl was stable.
Her brother, Derek, says she recently asked if she could move to Atlanta to live with him and their cousin, Wayne Cox. He says that may have been a sign she was stressed.
Goodwin's cousin, Deborah Cox, says she remembers Goodwin as a "very loving mother."
Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com