Colorado mom accused of stabbing daughters, driving into river now in jail

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OTERO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A Manzanola woman is facing a long list of charges including attempted murder after allegedly stabbing her own children and then driving into the Arkansas River.

The Otero County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that Christina Martinez was released from the hospital Tuesday, where she had been since the March 31 incident. Martinez was then promptly taken into custody and booked into the Otero County Jail. She is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Investigators believe Martinez stabbed her 8 and 10-year-old daughters in their Manzanola home, then put them in her SUV and started driving towards Crowley County. At some point, she allegedly veered off of a bridge on State Highway 207 and went into the water.

A passerby saw the scene and called for help, and emergency responders were able to rescue the girls from the vehicle. Investigators say Martinez was able to get out of the vehicle on her own.

The daughters are expected to survive. Martinez faces four counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of felony child abuse and arson charges.


The incident happened just outside the town of Manzanola, which is where the two children involved are reportedly from. Neither they or their mother have been publicly identified.

The Otero County Sheriff's Office, the Manzanola town marshal and the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office are investigating to determine the events leading up to the traffic crash. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has also been requested to provide assistance in the investigation. As of Monday evening, no arrests have been made in the case.

Because the incident involves allegations involving possible child abuse, information released about the case will be limited, according to the CBI.