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Published: Monday, 10/1/2007

Cleveland mom arrested in bathtub deaths of two girls, 4 and 2

ASSOCIATED PRESS

CLEVELAND (AP) Two young girls pulled from a bathtub today apparently drowned, and their mother has been arrested as a suspect, police said.

A man who said he is the girls father told police he received a call at work from the mother, telling him the children are at peace, said Cleveland police Lt. Thomas Stacho.

The 22-year-old woman was arrested for questioning at her apartment, where the girls, ages 4 and 2, were found by the father. She provided only her name, age and address, but would not answer further questions at the site, Stacho said.

At this point she s our only suspect, he said.

Jamie Cintron, 23, who told police he is the father of both girls, went to the apartment and pulled the girls from water in the bathtub, police said.

Stacho said the girls were placed on life support by a city medical services crew and were pronounced dead at MetroHealth Medical Center.

They apparently drowned, Stacho said.

Cause of death is pending autopsies Tuesday, said Dr. Frank Miller, Cuyahoga County coroner. He was trying to confirm the correct names of the victims.

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