Arizona Mother Poisons Her Two Children After Losing Custody To Ex-Husband

September 18, 2013  |  

According to CBS News, an Arizona woman who recently lost custody of her two children to her husband poisoned them in an attempt to keep her husband from getting them back. As the story goes, Marilyn Edge, 42, lost custody of her 13-year-old autistic son Jaelen and her 9-year-old daughter Faith just last Wednesday. The case, a rollercoaster one, began after the Edges divorced in 2007. Mark Edge sometimes worked in Afghanistan as a contractor and Marilyn claimed that her ex-husband had ditched child-support payments. She even claimed that her children were sexually abused by one of his friends, which wasn’t proven.

Marilyn initially won full custody in October 2009, but Mark fought back, claiming he was unaware of the hearing where she won because he was overseas and hadn’t been informed that he was to appear in court. The ruling was overturned. He won this most recent hearing because even though they were supposed to share custody after another ruling at one point, he was still being kept out of the lives of his children. Mark was able to prove to the judge that Marilyn had gone out of her way to keep Jaelen and Faith from him (claiming he hadn’t seen them in more than a year), and nothing was more evident of that than her moving to Arizona right after the joint-custody ruling. The judge agreed that she was alienating him from the children and decided that Mr. Edge should be granted full custody. She sent a text to her ex-husband telling him she would bring the kids to him on Sunday saying, “I will see you on Sunday and I have their school records.” Sunday at noon was the deadline given to Marilyn for when the children needed to be handed over. But she never intended to do that, because if she couldn’t have them, he definitely couldn’t. Jaelen and Faith were found dead on Saturday in a hotel room in Santa Ana.

The two children were found after Marilyn Edge was picked up by police for crashing her car in a botched suicide attempt that same Saturday. She drove into an electrical box with propane in her car outside of a nearby shopping complex. When police arrived, she tried to choke herself to death with an electrical cord but was stopped. She later fessed up to poisoning Jaelen and Faith, and told authorities that they could find her children in the hotel room.

On Monday, Marilyn Edge was charged with two counts of murder “with special circumstances” for having admitted to poisoning her children. Their father, who lived in Atlanta, was taken to the hospital for extreme duress after hearing the news on Sunday, instead of being reunited with his kids as he’d hoped. According to Marilyn’s last lawyer in her custody case, Edge was calm after receiving the order from the judge that she had lost custody, and there was no reason to believe that she would do anything to harm them.

This is just a devastating story, not only because of the constant back and forth custody battles that had the children all over the place in the last few years, but because the woman they trusted in most betrayed them in such a way.

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  • slightdelight

    I am in the middle of a heated child support case right now regardless of what happen i would never hurt my child this is a part of me I LOVE my child unconditional. how sad these children didn’t ask to come in this world and the very person they trusted took their lives Lord have Mercy on this woman soul what will she tell God when he ask where is your gifts?

  • word

    🙁 moral of the story…care for mental health without stigma.

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  • unque43

    I have no words for this poor excuse for a human. Death is too good for her. So sad for the children who trusted her and all she did was think about evil self.

  • MzHandlingit Alexander

    This is so sad. This is what you call a mammie. There’s no way as a “mother” you could even think, less known do to your kids as she has done. The most important role you will ever have is the role of a mother here on earth. Sister, cousin, aunt, none of these roles holds a match to the role of a mother. She should have remained neutral with the law and fought to get her kids back. All this lying and running around she did is ignorance. In order to be respected you have to give respect. Even though her babies are in a better place, she cut them short of their comings. Baby girl could have been the next president and her son could have overcome his obstacles, yes honey, God is just that good!!! I pray for this family, and I pray that these kids death wasn’t hurtful, even though the situation is. #lovethyselfaswellasthykids

  • Kasha Williams

    I pray that God touch both father and mother, jjust no words for this. SMH

  • Yvette

    My heart is so heavy right now. I am fighting back tears as I type this. For the first time in my life I am speechless. Rest in peace precious babies, you are safe now.

    • IMJSANYUmad


      • SMDH

        What the f**k is so funny??..this is nothing to laugh at! I pray for your evil soul & that nothing as tragic as this becomes your or someone you know a**holes are sick…..

      • NatashaDecemberBabyThomas

        What you LOLing about troll?! 2 kids are dead over some selfish crap and you’re laughing? Get some help buddy!

        • IMJSANYUmad

          i laughed at the comment not the article dumb smut

          • brittany

            you were trying to start a fight weren’t you? like really how suitable would it be to put LOL….like people have no sense of common sense, anyway and especially the web.

  • wveronica7

    I cannot believe this, shocked is an understatement. I hope she lives forever and relive this moment everyday. Those babies…and their father! This is devastating

    • wveronica7

      And the the sad part is her reason for doing this. She wanted to spite him probably because he didn’t want to be with her demonic a@$

  • sadverysad

    She has that evil look too! She is going straight to the pit of hell for what she has done.

    • Tammy

      Not necessarily…It all depends on if she asks God’s forgiveness.

  • Jacky

    My prayers goes out to the kids’ father, this is the most selfish thing for this woman to do, all because 1. She lost custody and 2. She’ll have to pay child support. Put this evil, cruel bytch in the general population in prison so she’ll get her @ss beaten by the other inmates there.

  • Pam

    There are no words for this heinous act. I wish I could be the judicial system for just one day. I would beat her with a barbed wire belt dipped in fire and tear flesh from her body. Evil witch.

    • IMJSANYUmad

      you evil as hell too damn

      • MzHandlingit Alexander


      • Pam

        No not really. Anyone who knows me knows I’m can be the sweetest, until you mess with children. I have absolutely no tolerance for hurting children….period.

    • brittany

      that’s very graphic, I suggest talking to someone about that anger problem..

      • Pam

        No anger. I’m a writer, so it’s my job to come up with stuff.