NOVEMBER 21, 11:13 ET

Mother Charged in Daughters' Deaths
Associated Press

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) A woman smothered her two young daughters with a pillow, then called 911 to report them dead, police said.

Olga Lorena Valdez, 28, was charged with murder in the deaths of Loiana, 5, and Larilis, 1.

Officers found both girls lying on a bed, unresponsive, when they arrived at the home early Wednesday. The children were pronounced dead at a hospital an hour later.

Authorities said they believe the children were killed just before their mother called police.

The girls' father, Edward Valdez, was also questioned but not charged.

Valdez was arraigned Wednesday and was being held on $500 bond.

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