Mother, charged with child murder, claims no memory of tragedy
An Arizona mother charged with the murder of her two children claimed during a visit to court on Monday that she had no memory of the tragedy.
Authorities said 40-year-old Yui Inoue told Tempe police that she woke up Saturday with blood on her hands and her dead children nearby – but no memory of her cruel targets, AZCentral reported.
On Monday, a Japanese interpreter for Inoue translated in front of the Maricopa County Supreme Court that she did not kill the 7-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter.
“I didn’t kill anyone,” she said, according to the translator.
Ahead of the court’s appearance, a statement from Tempe police said the children’s bodies showed signs of trauma which, according to AZCentral, included “some amputation.”
When police arrested Inoue for first degree murder over the weekend, she said she drove to the police station and told an officer that she “heard voices telling her to kill her children,” said Tempe police spokesman Sgt Steven Carbajal said at the time.
“There was an officer leaving the station to attend to his normal patrol duties for the day and it seemed quite hectic marking him,” Carbajal said at a press conference on Saturday.
The police had been to Inoue’s home earlier that night because of a domestic dispute but had not made an arrest.
Both children were in bed when police left, AZCentral said.
In a police statement received from the publication, police said Inoue’s husband left the apartment after an argument in which they allegedly threatened to stab him.