On April 5, about 10 p.m., McDonald arrived at the Irving Police Department. Officer Reeves clarified that no one works at the front desk at night during a news conference broadcast on WFAA-TV and made it available on YouTube. However, there is a phone in the lobby where people can call for assistance.
McDonald dialed 911 from the lobby phone, according to Reeves, and told the dispatcher that she had killed her two children. As all unfolded, he described her attitude as “very cool.” Officers were sent to McDonald’s home at the Anthem Apartments on Cowboys Parkway, according to Reeves. The two children were found dead inside the apartment after pushing the door open with the aid of the Irving Fire Department.
McDonald said she suffocated the kids. The cause of death, however, will be determined by the medical examiner’s office, according to police.
McDonald is charged with capital murder and presents the possibility of life in prison or even death. McDonald was arrested and booked into the Irving City Jail, where he was refused bail. As the case progresses, Reeves said that she will be moved to the Dallas County Jail. It was unclear at the time of writing if McDonald had retained an attorney who might act on her behalf.
Attached is a media release about the arrest of Madison McDonald for the murder of her two daughters. She is currently in the Irving City Jail charged with two counts of Capital Murder of Person Under/10 years of age with no bail. pic.twitter.com/ZZV74BhttB
According to inmate records, she is charged with capital murder with a special classification since the victims were children under the age of ten.
If convicted of capital murder in Texas, the defendant could face the death penalty. Prosecutors can also seek a sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole. However, whether the suspect is determined to have a mental disorder or is constitutionally incapacitated, the state does not provide for the death penalty.
A family member started a GoFundMe campaign to assist with funeral expenses.