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Caroline Young

If She Couldn't Have Them, Nobody Could


Carolina Young was convicted in 1993 of murdering her two grandchildren because she learned she had lost a custody battle with the children's father.

Young was a 51-year-old grandmother who received custody of her daughter's children after she was deemed to be unfit and was sent jail for drugs and prostitution.

When the father of the children learned of their existence after being informed that he owed $12,000 in back child support, he petitioned the courts for custody of the children and received it. On the day that he arrived in the Bay Area to pick up his 6-year-old son, Darin Torres, Young cut the boy's throat, killing him, then slashed his sister, Dai-Zshia Torres, 4, to death.

On the day that she killed the children she wrote them a note saying in part, "I am a very angry and vengeful person. An unhappy spirit now on a rampage to get even with all that hurt me and mine."

The jury deliberated under three hours before deciding that Young should receive the death penalty.

On September 6, 2005, Young died of kidney failure at Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla, California.

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