Saturday, March 03, 2012

Mother Of Slain Soldier Kills Adopted Granddaughter, Herself

CONWAY, Ark. (January 9, 2012)--An Arkansas woman who adopted her granddaughter after her son was killed in Iraq stabbed the 7-year-old girl and then set fire to their home in what authorities described as a murder-suicide.

Janice Robbins and her granddaughter Abby, who was stabbed once in the chest, both died in the fire Saturday, either of smoke inhalation or from thermal injuries, a coroner said.
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Faulkner County, Ark., sheriff's spokesman Maj. Andy Shock said Janice Robbins left a suicide note in her pickup truck in which she said she didn’t want to leave the girl behind.

Staff Sgt. William T. Robbins, 31, of North Little Rock, Ark., died Feb. 10, 2005 in Taji, Iraq, of non-combat related injuries.

He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade, based in Little Rock.
Janice Robbins adoption of her granddaughter was finalized in 2010, authorities said.

Authorities said they found no indications Janice Robbins had financial problems.

They’re trying to determine she had sought counseling for depression.

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