California mother, Lyn Benedetto, tries to kill kids before the tribulation, deputies say

KTLA ABC Action News, California/May 22, 2011

By Kristal Roberts

Palmdale, California - A California woman who says she wanted to protect her children from the May 21 "tribulation" is in jail after slitting the throats of her daughters' before cutting her own back in March, KTLA reports.

Lyn Benedetto, 47, told authorities that to prevent her family from suffering, she had her daughters, 11 and 14, lie on a bed, took a box cutter knife to their throats, then cut herself March 19.

The suspect reportedly drove the victims to a friend's home that she thought was empty, planning to die there.

Lancaster deputies say they responded to call regarding an assault with a knife around 5:30 p.m. from the owner of that home.

The mother was found at the location and arrested. The two victims were taken to Antelope Valley Hospital for "moderate though non life threatening injuries" and released to custody of Department of Children's Services.

Benedetto is being held on a $1 million bail.

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