- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Texas authorities have determined that the estranged wife of an internationally known pianist is incompetent to stand trial in the deaths of their two young daughters.

A competency evaluation for 32-year-old Sonya Tsygankova (tsih-GAN’-koh-vah) found her unfit for trial on two counts of capital murder, and a judge Monday committed her to a mental health facility for 120 days.

Her competency will be re-evaluated again. She’s pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Tsygankova is accused of suffocating her 1-year-old and 5-year-old daughters March 17 at her suburban Fort Worth home.

Her attorney, Joetta Keene, tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (https://bit.ly/2eeEdj9 ) that several doctors have determined she’s not ready for court.

The girls’ father, Vadym (va-DEEM’) Kholodenko (koh-loh-DEHN’-koh), won the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth in 2013.


Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, https://www.star-telegram.com

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