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Mother pleads not guilty in attack on children

‘I did what I had to do,’ Salem woman says

This story was reported by David Abel, Brian R. Ballou, and Kathy McCabe of the Globe staff and by Globe correspondent Zachary T. Sampson. It was written by Abel.

SALEM - When police found the woman they say had slashed the throats of her two young children, they did not have to go far: The 25-year-old mother had walked to the Police Department, smashed a glass display case in the lobby, and collapsed there, with blood and lighter fluid staining her clothing, prosecutors said.

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