Initial Autopsy Doesn't Show How Castle Rock Children Died

Police Say Kelli Murphy Killed Her 2 Children

An initial autopsy Tuesday did not reveal a cause of death for two Castle Rock children who police believe were killed by their mother, the Douglas County coroner said.

Police found the bodies of 9-year-old Liam Murphy and his 6-year-old sister, Madigan, in their Cherry Street home Monday morning after their mother, Kelli Murphy, called 911 to report she had attempted suicide. Police said there were no visible signs of injury to the bodies.

The coroner is awaiting additional medical tests, including toxicology and tissue analysis, which may take six weeks, the coroner's office said.

Kelli Murphy Looked Haggard In Court

Kelli Murphy appeared Tuesday morning in Douglas County District Court where Judge Vincent White told her she was being held on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder.

Formal charges are expected to be filed by Friday, authorities said. She is being held in jail without bond.

Kelli Murphy appears in court Tuesday, a day after the Castle Rock mom was accused of killing her two children.

Appearing haggard with disheveled hair, the 41-year-old Murphy wore a gray jail uniform and said nothing during the hearing.

Murphy put her hand to her forehead as she stood next to her attorney at a podium. She had bandages on her wrists, which police said she cut during a suicide attempt Monday morning.

During the 911 call to report her suicide attempt, Murphy told a dispatcher her two children were "already in heaven," according to police.

Castle Rock Police Chief Tony Lane said it's not clear how long they were dead before they were discovered.

A judge issued a gag order in the case, which included sealing the arrest affidavit and other investigative records.

Murphy and her 41-year-old husband, Eric Murphy, filed for divorce Feb. 9 and were separated, Lane said.

The couple had filed for bankruptcy in June 2010, and the cost of separation and maintaining two homes compounded their financial hardship, according to divorce records.

Kelli Murphy's family members issued a statement Monday night.

“No words can express the sadness and pain our family is experiencing. We ask that we be allowed to grieve for our loss and face this tragedy in the shelter of privacy," the family said. "We do ask that you join us in praying for Eric. We pray God would grant him all comfort and peace at this time.”

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