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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Benbrook mother accused of killing her two young daughters at their home back in March, has been found incompetent to stand trial by a Tarrant County court.
Sofya Tsygankova will be moved from the Tarrant County Jail to a state hospital where prosecutors hope she can be rehabilitated to the point where she can stand trial.
Police documents stated in March that famed pianist Vadym Kholodenko went to pick up his oldest daughter for school at a home in the 6600 block of Waterwood Trail. When he got there, he found that his estranged wife “was going crazy and was covered in blood.” Police officers arrived and found Tsygankova in a blood-stained night gown. She was “rocking back and forth, and making noises.”
The mother had a puncture wound to her chest and a cut on the inside of her wrist. The two little girls 5-year-old Nika and 1-year-old Michela were found dead in separate bedrooms, face down in their beds with pillows covered in bodily fluids. A court document stated that Michela was suffocated, but only said that Nika died from “homicidal violence.” The two girls were cold to the touch and showed signs of rigor mortis.
Tsygankova was interviewed by investigators at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth before being transferred to jail. She told them, “I committed suicide” and remembered taking pills. An empty prescription bottle was found on her kitchen counter. It had been filled a day earlier with medication often used to treat mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Records show that Tsygankova had visited a mental facility on the day before the murders. Police said that she “didn’t see any future for her and the kids.” She appeared to not remember hurting the children, at one point even asking investigators, “Did I do anything bad to my kids?”
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