Mother Facing Murder Charges After 2 Children Found Dead in Arizona Apartment

May 16, 2021 Updated: May 16, 2021

An Arizona woman is facing first-degree murder charges after her children were found deceased at their home in Tempe on Saturday.

Yui Inoue, 40, flagged down police at 7 a.m. who said that she was hearing voices telling her to kill her two children and primarily spoke Japanese, officials told ABC15.

Police said that officers went to an apartment near U.S. Route 60 and Mill Ave. to investigate. They found two children, aged 9 and 7, deceased in the home.

“It is with a very heavy heart that we share that we are investigating a homicide in the 4100 block of S. Mill Ave. Officers located a deceased 9-year-old and 7 years old inside the apartment. The mother of the children has been detained and is being interviewed,” the Tempe Police Department tweeted.

Sgt. Steve Carbajal with Tempe Police Department told AZFamily that the woman was previously involved in a fight with her husband. At the time, no one was arrested and the children were safe.

“At that time everything seemed to be OK. There was no immediate information that something like this would happen,” said Carbajal, adding that father was never a suspect in the murders.

Officials said that Inoue said she didn’t think she killed her children but couldn’t remember, ABC15 reported. Inoue was arrested and is being held at Tempe City Jail for two counts of first-degree murder.