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Later, she admitted she had lashed out in anger at her husband because he often left her alone to care for Justin and she worked as a cleaner, which she felt was beneath her, Berlin said.
In a brief telephone interview, Plackowska’s husband, Artur, denied the two were having problems.
"The day before [the killings] she told me that she loves me," he said.
However, a neighbor said he frequently heard the couple shouting at each other over the last five years.
"It happened once every other month," Victor Tuckenberry said.
There also were money troubles. Public records show the couple filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2009; a foreclosure in her name only was filed in 2007.
Still, Tuckenberry said Plackowska doted on her sons and he was shocked by the slayings. Plackowska and Justin "were together all the time," he said.
Plackowska arrived in the United States from her native Poland on a tourist visa 12 years ago, Berlin said. She is not a U.S. citizen and authorities were trying to verify her immigration status. Berlin said she has no prior history of violence, although she had a misdemeanor DUI from about 10 years ago.
Plackowska didn’t speak during Thursday’s bond hearing other than to indicate she could not afford an attorney. The judge appointed a public defender.
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