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Murder Charges Planned After Children Found Dead in Redding Storage Locker

Thursday they will charge a woman and a teenager with first-degree murder in the deaths of two young children found dead in a rented storage unit in California.

Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo also said autopsies had determined the children — ages 3 and 6 — died around Thanksgiving in Salinas of ongoing physical abuse.

The charges could be filed as soon as Friday and will include a special circumstance of torture that Flippo said could bring the death penalty if defendants Tami Huntsman, 39, and her 17-year-old male companion are convicted.

The teenager was not identified and the relationships between Huntsman and the children remained unclear.(bbc)