Deputies: Woman tried to kill children by smothering them

Woman arrested for attempted murder of her children

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - A mother in Stafford County is facing two attempted capital murder charges after the deputies said she tried to kill her two young children by smothering them.

Stafford County deputies said Tracy Ann Wiggins, 31, had a mental health crisis.

Investigators said they were called to the Abberly Waterstone Apartments, not far from Quantico, just before 8 a.m., Saturday.

A relative, who wasn’t there, called 911 reporting a “distraught” family member, at the apartment off of the 200 block of Campus Drive.

Deputies found the two children, ages four and nine, in the apartment alone and unharmed.

The family’s next-door neighbor, David Ligo, looked on as he says an ambulance and more investigators arrived.

“We heard the police at the front door, and they were just asking the kids some questions like, ‘What kind of car does your mom drive?’” Ligo said.

“I just heard the commotion when all the cop cars and ambulance were here,” said neighbor Chris Bixby.

Deputies say they found Wiggins sitting in a parked car near Centreport Parkway by the I-95 entrance ramp. Investigators say they then learned Wiggins tried to kill her two children before leaving the apartment.

NBC12 spoke briefly to the father of the children, who said he couldn’t say much because he’s in the military but did say his children were okay.

Investigators said Wiggins had a mental health crisis. She’s now at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond, charged with two counts of the most severe degree of attempted murder.

The children are with family members.

“My heart goes out to the kids and the family and everybody affected,” said Bixby.

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