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Mother charged in stabbing deaths of her 2 children

District Attorney Timothy Cruz said Latarsha Sanders was arrested after her two children between the ages of 5 and 8 were dead in a three-story apartment on Prospect Street in Brockton on Feb. 5, 2018. (WCVB)

A 43-year-old woman has been charged with two counts of murder in the stabbing deaths of her two children, according to authorities.

Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz made the announcement Monday afternoon during a press conference.

Cruz said Latarsha L. Sanders was arrested after her sons, who were 5 years old and 8 years old, were found dead in a three-story apartment on Prospect Street around noon.

NBC 10 News visited the scene just after 8 p.m. and saw multiple police vehicles there. Crime tape surrounded the home.

Neighbors told NBC 10 they were shocked and horrified.

"That’s a rough thing -- to take stuff out on your kids," William Glass, who lives nearby, said. "Something could have been going on in the house -- whatever -- but you never know. And she is the only one that knows."

Cruz said the children were stabbed multiple times, but was mum on other details. A motive wasn't immediately known.

"We're trying to put this together as best we can," Cruz told reporters. "There's a lot of moving pieces right now."

A press release noted that "the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has accepted jurisdiction and will determine the manner and cause of death."

The Enterprise reported that they mayor's office contacted members of the Brockton City Council Monday morning, confirming the stabbings.

"We don't have any reason to believe that right at this moment anyone else is at risk," Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter said duirng the press conference. "We're all very upset right now, but we're trying to do the best we can to assist the investigators."

The children, said police, were brothers. Their names have not been released.

Sanders, who police said admitted to the murders and claims she acted alone, is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday.

The investigation is ongoing, authorities said.

(The Associated Press and NBC Boston contributed to this report.)

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