Characteristics: She learned she had lost a custody battle with the children's father
Number of victims: 2
Date of murder: June 18, 1993
Date of arrest: Same day
Date of birth: November 23, 1943
Victim profile: Her two grandchildren, Darin Torres, 6, and Dai-Zshia Torres, 4
Method of murder: Cutting their throats
Location: Hayward, Alameda County, California, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on October 27, 1995. Died in prison on September 6, 2005
Caroline Young, Latino, born 11/23/1943, sentenced to death on Oct 27, 1995 for the murder of her grandchildren (a Latino girl aged 4 and a Latino boy aged 6) on Jun 18, 1993 in Hayward (Alameda County)
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.