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Divers find bodies of children of suspected wife-killer

FRANKLIN, Mass. -- Police divers found the bodies of two children in a pond Saturday, a day after their father was arraigned on charges he clubbed their mother dead and dumped her body in a river.

Computer company executive Kenneth G. Seguin, 35, is charged with murdering Mary Ann Seguin, 34. Authorities said it was too early to comment on whether he would be charged with killing their children Daniel, 7, and Amy, 5.

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'Right now it's premature. This is a double-homicide investigation under way and right now we don't want to point a finger in any direction. It's just the beginning of a homicide investigation,' said Jill Reilly, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex County District Attorney's office

State police said their dive team found the children's bodies about 8 a.m. in Beaver Pond in Franklin, a town near the family's hometown of Holliston in southeastern Massachusetts. Reilly said police went to the pond after receiving an anonymous tip.

Autopsies were being conducted to determine how the children died.

On Wednesday morning, the body of Mary Ann Seguin was spotted in the Sudbury River in Southboro.

Later in the day, two fishermen spotted Kenneth Seguin staggering about a mile away from where his wife was found. His wrists, ankles, and throat had been slashed in an apparent suicide attempt, police said.

Authorities have been mum on a possible motive behind the baffling violence in the family, who last weekend moved into a new $220,000 home in Holliston, a suburb about 25 miles southwest of Boston.

At his arraignment on Friday, Kenneth Seguin's lawyer said his client is suicidal, suffering from a 'very poor' memory and in a 'state of shock.'

Police believe the woman was killed in the family's home Tuesday night, hit in the head with an ax or a hatchet. While recovering in a Worcester hospital, Kenneth Seguin gave investigators conflicting statements as to the whereabouts and conditions of his children, police said.

After a court psychiatrist deemed Seguin competent for arraignment, he pleaded innocent to a murder charge and Judge Paul Healy Jr. ordered him held without bail pending a May 21 court date.

Seguin's lawyer, Thomas Giblin, later told reporters he was 'shocked' the judge refused to have Seguin sent for additional psychiatric evaluation. Asked whether Seguin knew where his children were, Giblin said, 'His memory is very poor right now. He is quite honestly in a state of shock. ... He hasn't been able to say much about anything right now.'

After the parents were found, police concentrated their search for the Seguin children on Hopkinton State Park, northwest of Franklin. Acting on a lead, they also searched a home on Cape Cod but found nothing.

Friends described Mary Ann Seguin as a 'bubbly and sweet' woman who, along with caring for her children, volunteered regularly at a local nursing home and sold Mary Kay cosmetics part time.

Kenneth Seguin last summer left Prime Computer in Framingham to accept a better-paying position as product-line manager at Banyan Systems in Westboro, an international computer firm. A company spokeswoman said Sequin was an 'exemplary' employee, and that his colleagues were shocked by his arrest.

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