Police found a 9-year-old woman and a 7-year-old boy dead in the house after the children’s mother flagged down an officer about 7 a.m. and informed him “she was hearing voices telling her to kill her kids,” Tempe Police Sgt. Steven Carbajal mentioned throughout a information convention.
The children had “obvious signs of physical trauma,” in accordance with a launch from Tempe police.
“It was something very traumatic for our officers to walk into,” mentioned Carbajal, despite the fact that they’re skilled to deal with these conditions.
Yui Inoue, 40, was arrested and shall be booked into the Maricopa County Jail, Carbajal mentioned. CNN has not been capable of decide if she has authorized illustration or when she is going to seem in court docket.
Police had been on the house earlier that day, simply after midnight, due to a home dispute, Carbajal mentioned. The information launch mentioned the dispute was between the husband and the spouse.
“At that time, everything seemed to be OK. The parties were separated, the children were found to be in good condition, OK and alive at that point,” he mentioned.
“The children were safe in their bed” when officers left, Carbajal mentioned. “It didn’t seem like there was an immediate threat to the children.”
The father was not house on the time of the incident, and he was not a suspect, Carbajal mentioned. The father “just broke down” after being knowledgeable of the children’s deaths, Carbajal added.
“This should have never happened,” he mentioned. “What the children experienced is just horrific, really.”
The metropolis’s disaster response staff and the police division’s peer help group have been working with the officers who have been on the scene.
“There’s a lot of officers that were involved in either a call last night or this morning, which was two different groups of officers, that are very emotionally overwhelmed by this, and we’re trying to get them the support they need to get through that as well,” Carbajal mentioned.
“For those that witnessed the scene, for those that saw the children, it’s something that’s going to stay with them for the rest of their lives,” he mentioned.
CNN’s Aya Elamroussi contributed to this report.