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Tampa mother confesses to killing her two teenage kids

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Tampa mother confesses to killing her two teenage kids

Jorge Hernandez January 31, 2011

Julie Powers Schenecker, 50, of Tampa, Florida, was ordered to be held without bail during her initial court hearing on Monday after she confessed to killing both of her teenage children for being "mouthy."

Judge Walter Heinrich charged Schenecker with two counts of first-degree murder at the hearing, which was initially scheduled for Saturday but was delayed after Schenecker spent two days at a hospital for an unknown condition.

Schenecker allegedly shot her 13-year-old son Beau twice in the head after he talked back to her on Thursday night while they were driving home from soccer practice. She then went upstairs and shot her 16-year-old daughter Calyx while she was studying at her computer.

According to the Associated Press, Schenecker's mother tipped off authorities after she called them expressing concern over her daughter's mental health. Officers came to Schenecker's home on Friday morning and found her outside on the porch and covered in blood.

"She did tell us that they talked back, that they were mouthy," Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy told CNN affiliate WTSP. "But I don't think that will ever serve as an explanation to the rest of us of how you could take a child's life."

CNN reports that authorities found Beau in the family SUV inside the garage while Calyx was found in her bedroom. A vigil was held on Friday night to honor their memories.

Her husband, Parker Schenecker, was deployed in the Middle East as an Army officer at the time of the shootings.

According to the news source, family violence involving adolescents is relatively common. Recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finds that 30 percent of all physical abuse victims are adolescents, especially those between the ages of 12 and 15.