ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A man who pleaded guilty to slashing the throats of his wife and two teenage daughters was declared not criminally responsible for the acts.

Fifty-year-old Julio Cesar Esquetini of Crofton entered the plea Thursday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. But Judge Philip T. Caroom found him not criminally responsible and ordered him committed to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Prosecutors say Esquetini slit the throats of his wife and daughters in their home on June 15, then cut himself. The women survived the attacks.

A psychiatrist found that Esquetini snapped because of extreme depression and anxiety that apparently stemmed from pressure at work.