A 36-year-old Damascus woman has been charged with three counts of attempted murder in connection with the stabbings early Thursday morning of her husband, son and daughter, police said.

Maria Victoria Rotea was taken from Montgomery County Hospital to the Montgomery County Detention Center where she was being held yesterday in lieu of $250,000 bond, acccording to police.

Rotea, who kept her maiden name, was treated for cuts to her throat and wrists that police said were self-inflicted.

Hospital officials said Luis Grau, 33, a communications engineer, and Fredrico Grau, 8, were listed in satisfactory condition while recovering from stab wounds. Almudena Grau, 6, was listed in stable condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital yesterday after being admitted in very critical condition Thursday morning with a stab wound in the throat.

Police said the elder Grau called police to the family home at 10408 Sweepstakes Rd. at 4:30 a.m. Thursday. When they arrived, police said, they found Grau and his children, bleeding from stab wounds, outside the four-bedroom home. Police said they found Rotea unconscious and bleeding in a second-floor bathroom.

The family had been scheduled to leave that morning for a vacation in Spain, their native country, and had been waiting for a friend to drive them to Kennedy International Airport in New York, according to Detective Thomas Redding of the Montgomery County police department.

According to police accounts, the couple began arguing in the kitchen. Grau, police said, was stabbed in the back with a knife as he attempted to call police. Authorities said a second knife had been used to stab the boy and girl.

Police said Grau is a communications engineer at Digital Communications Corp. in Germantown. The family has lived in the county for about 1 1/2 years, police said.

A bond review hearing will be held at the detention center Monday.