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Mom Accused Of Suffocating Her Daughters To Death Deemed Competent For Trial

She allegedly asked investigators "did I do anything bad to my kids?"

A Texas mom accused of smothering her two daughters to death has been deemed competent for her impending murder trial.

Sofya Tsygankova, 33, is accused of killing her children, Michaela Kholodenko, 1, and Nika Kholodenko, 5, in March 2016. The mother has pleaded not guilty to the capital murder charges.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Tsygankova spent time at a state mental hospital after the deaths but was booked back in Tarrant County Jail on May 25.  On Halloween, a judge had ordered Tsygankova to a state mental health facility after a competency evaluation.

Tsygankova is the estranged wife of Vadym Kholodenko, 30, a Ukrainian musician and gold medalist of the 2013 Cliburn Piano Competition. He was in the process of divorcing Tsygankova when his daughters were murdered.

According to NBC News, police said Kholodenko discovered his children dead in bed and Tsygankova covered in blood, her wrist cut. Tsygankova told police that she remembered cutting herself with a knife and taking pills because she “didn’t want to live,” according to reports.

“Did I do anything bad to my kids?” she reportedly asked investigators.

Tsygankova had visited a state mental health facility a day before her daughters were found dead, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Inside the family’s home, police found an empty prescription bottle of quetiapine, an antipsychotic drug used to treat such mental illnesses as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The medical examiner’s office ruled that the children died of “homicidal violence,” likely by asphyxiation.

No trial date has been set yet.

[Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office]

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