Arizona mom denies killing 2 kids with meat cleaver – fr

Arizona mom denies killing 2 kids with meat cleaver – fr

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An Arizona woman accused of the grisly murder of her two children with a meat cleaver made her first court appearance on Monday, where she denied harming them.

“I didn’t kill anybody,” Yui Inoue, 40, said through a Japanese interpreter, before a commissioner from the Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix told him not to talk about it. deal only with a lawyer.

Dressed in an orange jumpsuit and face mask in front of a podium, Inoue also said little during her initial appearance, where prosecutor Jay Rademacher requested that she be held on $ 2 million bail.

Rademacher described how the bodies of Inoue’s 9-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son were found in their suburban Phoenix apartment lacerated, mutilated and “almost completely beheaded.”

“These children were helpless, Your Honor, and did all they could to fight their mother,” Rademacher said.

Hearing the prosecutor’s description of the children’s injuries, Inoue put her head on the podium.

Inoue faces two counts of first degree murder. The commissioner ordered that she be detained on the requested bond, returned her passport and carried an electronic monitoring device. He also ordered him to have a court-appointed defense attorney.

It was not immediately clear if one had been awarded.

Inoue went to a Tempe police station on Saturday morning and told officers “she heard voices telling her to kill her children,” the prosecution documents say.

The police called Inoue’s husband. He said the couple, who filed for divorce in April, had fought the day before over money they wanted to move to Japan. He said she threatened to stab him so he left around half past midnight.

Police said they were called to the woman’s apartment earlier on Saturday morning due to a domestic dispute involving a husband and wife.

Her husband told investigators he was sleeping in his car in a parking lot. He told authorities he didn’t think she would harm their children.

Police also said there was no apparent reason at the time to call child welfare authorities.

Later that morning, various officers came to the apartment and discovered the bodies of the two children under a blanket and boxes, as well as a large amount of blood.

The children, who had numerous injuries, were immediately pronounced dead. Their names have not been released.

Police arrested the mother after noticing blood stains on her heel, shallow cuts on her fingers and bruises on her hands and knees. They also noticed blood spatter on the suitcases of his car.

When questioned by police through a Japanese interpreter, Inoue said she woke up around 4:30 a.m. with blood on her hands and arms. She found her children dead but said she had no memory of doing anything to them. She said she took a bath before going to the police station.

Tempe Police recovered a meat cleaver with a 6-inch (15-centimeter) blade from his car. It was in a bag with clothes stained with blood.

Inoue’s next preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 25.


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