Two children killed in suspected murder-suicide bid by their mother in Jerusalem

Boy, 7, girl, 5, found dead with multiple stab wounds; mother in critical condition.

A Jerusalem woman in her late 30s is suspected of stabbing to death her two children and then trying to take her own life, Israel Radio reported on Monday morning.

ShowImage.ashxThe children, a 7-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, were found dead in an apartment in Ein Gedi street in the capital with multiple stab wounds to their upper bodies.

The woman was also found in the apartment with multiple stab wounds to her own upper body, and was taken in critical condition to Hadassah University Medical Center in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem.

The woman’s sister was reportedly staying with her, while the woman’s husband is out of the country, and was the one to call paramedics. The sister reportedly woke up to find the mother trying to harm herself with the knife she used to stab her two children, Army Radio reported.

“A preliminary investigation shows this is a murder-suicide attempt,” Jerusalem Police spokesman Shmulik Ben Ruby told Channel 2 television on Monday morning. “The [woman’s] sister that was with her apparently tried to stop [the mother] from committing the act – but was unsuccessful. We got to the scene of the crime within minutes, but unfortunately there was nothing to be done for the children.”


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