FARMINGTON — A Layton woman is being held in jail after she allegedly tried to kill her two children.

Karen Suzanne Butterfield, 27, was booked in the Davis County Jail early Sunday morning on two counts of attempted child abuse homicide, a second-degree felony. She is also charged with five misdemeanor charges consisting of assault, commission of domestic violence in the presence of a child and criminal mischief.

Police were called to a Layton home over the weekend after learning of a domestic incident. Police learned that a woman, whom they believe to be Butterfield, attempted to kill her two children, both under the age of four, according to charging documents.

The children’s father told police he witnessed Butterfield attempt to smother both children to death with a pillow before he intervened. She later locked herself in a room with the children and allegedly tried to strangle both of them with her hands, police allege, which left marks on both of their necks. Butterfield’s husband was able to pry her off the children, charging documents say.

When she fled, Butterfield reportedly damaged a garage door when she allegedly tried to pry the door open with a knife. She also allegedly damaged items in the garage. Prior to the altercation, Butterfield allegedly stepped on her husband’s hand while he was trying to record her actions.

Butterfield was arrested and interviewed by police. She allegedly admitted post Miranda to attempting to smother one of the children to death and allegedly admitted to attempting to strangle the same child.

Police allege that Butterfield said she tried to kill the children “to prove a point to her husband that his actions of recording her had pushed her to this course of action,” charging documents say.

Butterfield was reportedly on probation for a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge when the attack occurred.

She is being held without bail at the Davis County Jail. An initial appearance date in Farmington’s 2nd District Court had yet to be set as of Monday morning.

Jacob Scholl is the Cops and Courts Reporter for the Standard-Examiner. Email him at and follow him on Twitter at @Jacob_Scholl.

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