- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

DARLINGTON, Ind. (AP) - A central Indiana woman who confessed to killing her two young children told officers she wanted to die with them a day after her husband filed for divorce, court documents filed Friday say.

Brandi Worley, 30, of Darlington was charged Friday with two counts of murder in the stabbing deaths of her 7-year-old son, Tyler, and 3-year-old daughter, Charlee.

She confessed to killing her children in a call to a 911 dispatcher, Montgomery County Sheriff Mark Casteel said. She said her mother was already on her way to the house and her husband was asleep, documents said.

Dr. Roland Kohr, who performed the autopsies, ruled the manner of death for each child was homicide and the cause of death was stab wounds to their necks, documents say.

A combat knife was found near their bodies early Thursday in the family’s home about 40 miles northwest of Indianapolis, documents say. Worley told officers she used that knife to stab them and herself.

She told officers she did not want her husband “to take my kids.”

“I just wanted to die with them,” she told them.

Her husband, Jason Worley, had been sleeping in the basement after filing for divorce on Wednesday. He told officers he awoke to the sound of his mother-in-law screaming, and when he climbed the stairs, Brandi Worley spoke to him, documents said.

“Now you can’t take the kids from me,” she said.

Brandi Worley remains hospitalized. Once she’s released from the hospital, she’ll be transported to the Montgomery County Jail in Crawfordsville, Casteel said. Investigators hope to interview her over the weekend, he said.

Neighbor Cecil Haworth told WRTV-TV he looked forward to getting his hug from Tyler and Charlee every morning, and he always kept popsicles in his home for them.

Haworth said he helped Tyler and Charlee make their mother a birthday card a few days before they died.

“I know where they’ve gone…. God’s got them, loving them now,” said Haworth.

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This story has been corrected to change the spelling of Charlee and to say she’s a girl, not a boy.

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