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Editor’s note: Courtney Williams’ age has been corrected after clarification by county officials.

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Booking records show Courtney Williams faces a murder charge and her bail has been set at $1 million.


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LINDA, Calif. (KTXL) — A woman in Linda was arrested for allegedly killing her two children, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department said. 

The sheriff’s department said the father of the children called 911 around 11:45 Thursday morning, saying his children had possibly drowned at their home. 

Deputies went to the Sunshine Avenue home, near Linda Avenue, and found a 5-month-old and a 2-year-old unresponsive in the bathroom. Both children died at the scene. 

The sheriff’s department said the father had returned home for lunch when his wife allegedly told him “she had hurt the children.” After she told him about the children, deputies said the father searched the home and found the two boys in a bathtub full of water. 

Authorities identified the suspect as 25-year-old Courtney Williams. The sheriff’s department said they currently believe the drownings were intentional. 

“This was something, this was like a cry for help. You don’t do that to your children,” said Gordon Zenger.

Zenger has lived in the neighborhood for the past 35 years. 

“Thought they were a young married couple just starting their life out, married with young children. But you don’t know what happened. You couldn’t see this coming,” Zenger said.

“I got four of my own kids. I can’t imagine what the father is going through,” said resident Samuel Lyon. “Let this father know, this community feels for him too.”