Tempe Police officials say officers found a 9-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy dead inside an apartment near Mill and Southern Avenues.
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The suspect has been identified as a year-old woman. Police say the woman had flagged down the officer at a police station on Apache and McClintock Drive, and officers later went to her apartment near Mill and Southern to investigate. Steven Carbajal said. Law enforcement discovered a large amount of blood on the floor, with the two children covered by a blanket.
Officials say there were "ificant injuries" to their bodies, including lacerations, cuts and amputations "consistent with a violent attack and defensive wounds. This should have never happened.
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Tempe Police detained and later arrested year-old Yui Inoue, who is the mother of the children. She has been arrested and accused of two counts of first-degree murder. Officers say Inoue had blood and lacerations on her body, and there were blood stains in her car.
While searching her car, police also found a meat cleaver with a 6-inch blade inside a bag of clothes with apparent bloodstains on them.
Detectives say several pieces of evidence suggested that the cleaver was the used as the murder weapon. Police said they had been called to the same apartment earlier Saturday morning because of a domestic dispute involving a husband and wife. Carbajal said the couple was separated, and no one was arrested.
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The children were safe in bed at the time, and there was no apparent reason to call child welfare authorities. When police reached out to Inoue's husband after the children's bodies were found, he reportedly said that he had left the home at midnight because of their argument. He told police she threatened to stab him after they fought over her wanting more money for her upcoming move to Japan, officials said.
The husband and wife had filed for divorce but were still living in separate rooms at the time.
The husband had been sleeping in the parking lot of a bank until the morning, and was not home when the murders occurred. Inoue told police that she had woken up at that morning with blood on her hands and arms and that her two children were already dead near the doorway of her bedroom.
She reportedly said she took a bath before she drove herself to the police station. The officers who discovered the dead children were not the same ones who were at the apartment just after midnight on the domestic dispute call.
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The father was not at the apartment when officers returned to find the children. Meanwhile, neighbors say it's not uncommon to see police in the apartment complex, but it was still shocking to learn about what happened. This is not right.
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Flash Flood Watch. Lake Wind Advisory. Mother arrested in connection with death of her 2 children Tempe Police officials say officers found a 9-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy dead inside an apartment near Mill and Southern Avenues. Yui Inoue.