Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Warrant: Mother Blames Ghost For Hatchet Killings

Image at left from Purple Moon Galleries.





I suppose it was only a matter of time before someone blamed a ghost for an actual crime... but hatchet murders?

That's some scary ghost.

Warrant: Mother Blames Ghost For Hatchet Killings

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- A 33-year-old mother accused of killing her two young daughters with a hatchet and then trying to kill herself told investigators that a ghost killed her children, according to a warrant.

The murder warrant against Naiyana Patel also said that she has said she does not want to live and she did not want surgery for her head injuries.

On Saturday, Patel's husband, Lalji Patel, returned home from work to find his daughters, 7-year-old Jiya and 4-year-old Piya, dead and their mother seriously injured.

Police said Naiyana Patel struck herself in the head repeatedly with the hatchet after she killed the girls.

Relatives said Naiyana was being treated for depression after a pregnancy she did not carry to full term, and, at some point she switched medication because the initial prescription did not seem to help.

Investigators removed the medication from the home during the investigation. Relatives said the children's funeral is planned Thursday.

After undergoing surgery, Naiyana was listed in serious but stable condition at Mission Hospital.

Police said she was transferred from the intensive care unit to a regular room. They're waiting to find out when she will be released from the hospital before deciding how to proceed.

Lt. Wallace Welch said it depends on how forthcoming Patel is with information. Welch said there is a possibility she could go straight from the hospital to the jail.

A memorial service for the family only is set for Thursday at the Groce Funeral Home from noon until 2 p.m.

A community event will be set for Thursday at 6 p.m. in the ball field behind Oakley Elementary School, the school Jiya attended.

Welch said the public event will celebrate the lives of Jiya and her sister, Piya.
A day ago, they were blaming the medication.

Pretty shocking stuff for a peaceful town like Asheville.

My novenas are with the children and other survivors.

3 comments:

JoJo said...

Eegads. What a horrible story. People are just snapping to the extreme these days. I can't help but wonder what these medications are doing to our brain chemistry. It can't be healthy.

Rootietoot said...

Having had postpartum psychosis, and really wicked reactions to the medications given to try and alleviate it (one was finally found,but 2 prior to that made it worse), I can kind of understand how it's possible for someone to snap like that. When your brain is telling you things, it's REALLY hard to ignore, or recognize as something Not Right In Your Head. And now, if and when she does get her head straightened out, she has to live with what she did as well. I feel very sorry for her.

Marion said...

My sympathies to the husband and the community who try to make some kind of sense of this brutal murder. These senseless events are happening everywhere.

I can't even begin to imagine what her life will be like, moving forward.

Take care, Daisy xx