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Mother charged with beating two sons to death

A northwest Indiana mother has been charged with two counts of murder.

Police say she beat her two sons to death with a ten-pound dumbbell because she thought they'd be better off in heaven.

Magdalena Lopez was arrested after police officers answered a 911 call and found her nine-year-old son Antonio and two-year-old son Erik dead in separate rooms of the family home in Dyer, Indiana. A police report says as officers approached the house, the mother walked out, her clothes and feet spattered with blood. She told officers she had to kill the children because she couldn't take care of them anymore, saying, "They're in a much better place now."

Relatives say Lopez was being treated for bipolar disorder but had been coping better recently. The boys' father was at work when he was told of the deaths.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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