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Mom told Arizona cop she was ‘hearing voices telling her to kill her kids’ before her kids were dead

Arizona police find bodies of two young children – aged 9 and 7 – after their mom told a cop that she was ‘hearing voices telling her to kill them’

  • An Arizona mother told a cop that she was ‘hearing voices telling her to kill her kids’ just hours before police found her two young kids dead Saturday morning
  • Officers found her nine-year-old girl and seven-year-old boy dead ‘with obvious signs of physical trauma’ 
  • The mom, Yui Inoue, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder 
  • The father wasn’t home at the time and isn’t considered a suspect
  • Police were called to the apartment about 6.5 hours earlier because the parents were arguing, but police separated them and saw the kids were fine 

An Arizona mother told a police officer that she was ‘hearing voices telling her to kill her kids’ just hours before police found her two young children dead. 

The mom, later identified as 40-year-old Yui Inoue, flagged down a Tempe, Arizona police officer as he was heading out for patrol around 7am Saturday when she made the jarring statement, Tempe Police Sgt. Steven Carbajal during a press conference. 

Officers raced to her apartment – about 11 miles outside of Phoenix – and found a nine-year-old girl and seven-year-old boy dead ‘with obvious signs of physical trauma,’ Carbajal said. He didn’t elaborate further. 

‘It was a very tragic what officers encountered, and we’re trying to support the father and our officers right now,’ Carbajal said. ‘Our officers are really struggling.’ 

Tempe, Arizona police officers found two children – ages nine and seven – dead after their mom told them she was hearing voices

Tempe, Arizona Police Sgt. Steven Carbajal said the children's dad and his officers were visibly shaken up by this incident

Tempe, Arizona Police Sgt. Steven Carbajal said the children’s dad and his officers were visibly shaken up by this incident

Police were called  to the same apartment about 6.5 hours earlier for a domestic call, but officers separated the parents and saw the children were fine

Police were called  to the same apartment about 6.5 hours earlier for a domestic call, but officers separated the parents and saw the children were fine

Tempe police in Arizona, about 11 miles outside of Phoenix, tweeted this Saturday evening

Tempe police in Arizona, about 11 miles outside of Phoenix, tweeted this Saturday evening

Inoue was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder, Carbajal said in a statement Saturday night.

The kids' mom, Yui Inoue said she was hearing voices before he allegedly killed  her two young kids

The kids’ mom, Yui Inoue said she was hearing voices before he allegedly killed  her two young kids

Officers responded to a domestic call from the apartment around 12:30am the same morning because the mom and dad were fighting, Carbajal said. 

Police separated the couple, checked on the children, who who were fine at the time, and left the scene when tensions settled down, he said. 

‘It didn’t seem like there was an immediate threat to the children,’ Carbajal said. ‘Parents, couples, argue and they have disagreements, and they have issues that come up’ that often don’t require that type of intervention. 

The children’s father wasn’t home at the time of the incident and is not considered a suspect, the Arizona Republic reported.  

Carbajal said the father ‘broke down’ when police told him what happened to the children, according to the local newspaper. 

Police told the Arizona Republic that they don’t have any previous records of domestic calls to the house.  

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