An Ohio woman made a disturbing murder-suicide call to 911 on April 4.
"I cut my children’s throats, and then cut my wrists," said Nicole Auman to the 911 operator, according to news station WEWS. "Please help my children," she added.
"The thought always is, hopefully, it's not true," said police Captain David Kurzinksky, speaking of 911 calls which contain life-threatening allegations.
However, when police responded to Auman's home in Canton, they discovered that she had indeed been telling the truth.
They found the 31-year-old mother with cuts on her wrists, and her daughters, ages 7 and 10, with severe cuts on their necks.
The kids were rushed to Akron Children’s Hospital, where news station WJW reports that they are in stable condition.
Auman was also treated at the same hospital for non-life threatening injuries. She was later released and booked into Stark County Jail, charged with two counts of attempted murder.
She is scheduled to appear in court the week of April 9.
More than 1,200 people died in murder-suicides in America in 2014, according to the Violence Policy Center (VPC).
“Suicide is commonly misperceived as a single, desperate act. Yet murder-suicides claim the lives of spouses, intimate partners, and children -- and almost always involve a gun. The findings in our study make it clear that murder-suicide is a domestic violence issue,” states VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand.
"In the USA, Children are more apt to die from violence and neglect than from accidents," according to the organization Love Our Children USA, which also notes that "over 3 million children are reported as victims of physical, sexual, verbal and emotional abuse, neglect, abandonment, and death."
"Most of the children who die are younger than six years of age," the organization's website reports. "Of these fatalities, 85 percent were under the age of six; 44 percent of the children were under the age of one."
The problem is reportedly prevalent across all parts of the society. "Violence and neglect against children does not discriminate … It knows no color, no race. It happens in every city, town and state."
And child victims often become victimizers as adults. "They can be full of anger, can mistrust in relationships, are more apt to commit road rage, and more horrific violent acts, and contribute to the high cost of our mental health and welfare programs. Their self-esteem is shattered. They can grow up to be adults who continue the cycle of violence and neglect against children."
Regarding Nicole Auman's attempted murder-suicide, neither her motive nor her personal history have been revealed.