Goodwin: 'I Did What I Had To Do To Protect My Children'

Tanicia Goodwin, 25, was arraigned this morning in Salem District Court.

Tanicia Goodwin, 25, allegedly slit the throats of her two children, lit their apartment on fire and tried to prevent her son from leaving, before turning herself into .

Goodwin, who pleaded not guilty, is being held without bail. She will be back in court on Monday, March 26 for a dangerousness hearing. Goodwin asked for a court appointed attorney.

According to the Commonwealth's Assistant District Attorney Melissa A. Woodard,

Goodwin had fled to a neighbor with her 3-year-old girl who had a slit going across her throat from side to side, according to prosecutors. She left her daughter before leaving the building. 

entered the apartment Goodwin resided in and found the internal doorknob had been removed as to prevent someone from exiting. Tape and rags were covering the sprinklers and the smoke alarms had been tampered with to prevent them from going off, Woodard said.

According to the prosecutor, police found containers of lighter fluid, matches and a lighter in the apartment as well as a large kitchen knife.

A Salem firefighter found the 8-year-old boy on a couch down a hallway in another room of the apartment with a "deep laceration" from side to side across his neck with his trachea visible, Woodard detailed as the court room gasped in horror. Woodard said the boy was able to open his eyes but not speak.

When firefighters and emergency personnel asked the boy if his mother did this to him, he nodded yes.

Police said lighter fluid was found on a window shade in the bedroom of the children and on the rug.

After the incident, Goodwin entered the Salem Police station, smashed a glass display case in the lobby, and said she "did what she had to do to protect my children."

According to police, Goodwin smelled of lighter fluid, had red liquid on her clothing and ash on her hands. Police said she had a "superficial" cut on her neck as well.

"I'm sorry, I had to protect my babies," she told police.

According to prosecutors, the children had to be wiped of lighter fluid before hospital personnel could treat them. The 8-year-old was medflighted to Children's Hospital Boston. The 3-year-old was brought to Children's Hospital by ambulance.

According to police, Goodwin said no husband or boyfriend hurt her children and asked how her children were doing.

The 8-year-old boy is listed in critical condition after surgery. The 3-year-old underwent surgery this morning.

A spokesperson at Children's Hospital Boston said they will not be releasing the condition of the children.

The penalty for armed assault with intent to murder is a state prison sentence of not more than 20 years. The charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and arson both carry a penalty of not more than 2.5 years in the house of correction or a state prison sentence of not more than 15 years or a fine of not more than $10,000.

Marisol March 19, 2012 at 11:44 PM
So are you equating these children's lives that of an animal? If so, you are sicker than the mother
Erin March 20, 2012 at 01:22 AM
You've reclused to a mountain...one with wifi, I guess?
get the abusers March 20, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Child ABUSE sometimes start very hidden and subtle ,you may think that its no real bad thing ,but it STARTS SMALL , WITH TONE OF VOICE ,ANGER AND HATE IN THEIR WORDS AND BLAMING THE CHILD FOR THE MARRIAGE PROBLEMS ,WATCH OUT ,IT WILL PROGRESS as long as they get away with the smallest abuse . Verbal, mental or physical signs are there if you watch and listen. Even when someone is distant emotionaly from a child ,is cold , unintrested , they will FAKE KINDNESS OFF AND ON,, being the opposite to keep you unaware of abuse .They will say they are sorry ,they lost it and hope you will believe it wont happen again , BUT IT WILL ,as soon as anything or anybody , they can use as a excuse for what they say or do. NEVER stay in hope for a change and never for the children being without a parent , THEY WILL SUFFER MORE living in abuse of any kind.Our justice system has no justice for the children . CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES AND POLICE LETS TOO MANY CASES GO , BECAUSE THEY DONT SEE BLOOD AFTER A CONCERN PERSON REPORTS VERY STRONG ACTIONS AND WORDS OF THREATS THEY HAVE WITTNESS. Then its a matter of time BUT THEN ITS TO LATE . http://www.helpguide.org/mental/child_abuse_physical_emotional_sexual_neglect.htm#types
Thomas J Burke March 20, 2012 at 01:04 PM
This is not what is called normal child abuse. This is insanity. It may be the result of people over reacting and calling everything child abuse. As it used to be spare the rod and spoil the child. This mother is an example of what you get when you spare the rod.
Denise March 20, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Where do you come up with Reagan or Bush . Danvers State was closed by Gov. Dukakis and all those poor soles where left to fend for themselves. Sure, this woman was mentally Ill, did anyone notice before she commited this horrible act.


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