A Madison County woman has been arrested. She's accused of choking and smothering her children.
Tara Whitney Farley faces charges of first degree criminal abuse.
Investigators say she struck her 8-year-old son in the face with a shoe, choked him and then tried to smother him.
Sheriff's deputies say that's when Farley's 9-year-old daughter tried to help her brother and was also attacked.
Social services have removed the children from Farley's home and they are now staying with family members pending an investigation.