Mom charged in 2 kids' slayings out of hospital


In this Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 photo, a Tampa Police officer escorts Julie Powers Schenecker to Orient Road Jail on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 in Tampa, Fla. Police said Julie Powers Schenecker admitted to killing her teenage daughter and son after officers found her covered in blood on the back porch of her home Friday morning, police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said. Schenecker's mother had called police from Texas because she was unable to reach the 50-year-old woman, whom she said was depressed and had been complaining about her children. (AP Photo/St. Petersburg Times, Bryan Thomas) TAMPA OUT; USA TODAY OUT; HERNANDO TODAY OUT; CITRUS COUNTY CHRONICLE OUT; NO MAGS; NO SALES

Published: Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 3:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 3:10 p.m.

TAMPA, Fla. — A Florida woman accused of killing her teenage son and daughter was released from a hospital late Sunday morning and taken back to jail.

Julie Powers Schenecker, 50, had been receiving treatment for an unknown medical condition that existed before her arrest Friday. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance Monday morning and is being represented by a public defender.

According to an arrest affidavit, Schenecker shot her 13-year-old son Beau in the head twice "for talking back" while they were in the family car on their way to his soccer practice. The report said Schenecker then returned to their upscale home and shot her 16-year-old daughter Calyx in the face while the girl studied at her computer. Officers found Schenecker drenched in blood on her back porch.

Investigators believe the teens "never saw it coming," said police spokeswoman Laura McElroy. Both were killed with a .38-caliber pistol. The arrest affidavit said the weapon was purchased five days earlier.

Schenecker's mother called police Friday morning because she was concerned about an e-mail her daughter sent saying she was depressed. Schenecker's husband, Parker Schenecker, is a career Army officer attached to U.S. Central Command in Tampa. He was working in the Middle East when the shootings happened.

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