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Apr 30th, 2005, 06:24 PM
Mother Charged With Stabbing Son, Daughter Daughter More Than 200 Times

By NICOLE ZIEGLER DIZON, Associated Press Writer Sat Apr 30, 2:29 AM ET

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - A mother was charged with fatally stabbing her 9-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter more than 200 times each inside their suburban Chicago home.

Tonya Vasilev, 34 a heavy bandage covering her left wrist appeared in court Friday afternoon and answered the judge's questions in a soft, shaking voice. The judge appointed a public defender to represent her and ordered her held without bail.

The children's father, Nikolai Vasilev, discovered the bloody scene Wednesday night when he returned to the house with a friend who had been living with the family, prosecutor Richard Karwaczka said.

Vasilev spotted the boy, Christian, lying on the kitchen floor, Karwaczka said. The father scooped him up and carried him to the front door, where he called 911.

The girl, Grace, was found dead at the top of the stairs, the prosecutor said.

"Right next to Grace was the defendant, Tonya, sitting there with a knife," he said.

The mother was taken to the police station for questioning, where Karwaczka said she admitted stabbing the children. She had what appeared to be minor cuts on her hands, police said.

Emergency crews tried to resuscitate the boy when they arrived, but couldn't save him, Hoffman Estates police Lt. Rich Russo said Friday. Inside the home, he said, officers found several knives believed to have been used to kill the children.

"It really doesn't get much worse than this," said Russo, who would not discuss a possible motive for the killings.

The autopsies showed that both children tried to fight off their attacker, he said.

The stabbings came five years after the couple's 3-month-old daughter died in a fire at an Elk Grove Village town house where the family then lived. The cause of the 2000 fire remains undetermined, but foul play was never suspected, said Larry Hammar, deputy chief of the Elk Grove Village Police.

Hammar said his department will investigate that fire again. The mother was home at the time of the blaze.

Village police said at the time that Tonya Vasilev left the baby in a carrier in the laundry room while she went to check on another of her children. She noticed smoke coming from the window a short time later.

Apr 30th, 2005, 06:52 PM
That is sick, and very sad

Apr 30th, 2005, 06:54 PM

the poor kids!

Apr 30th, 2005, 06:58 PM

Apr 30th, 2005, 07:40 PM
that woman is a monster plain and simple! :fiery:

Apr 30th, 2005, 07:44 PM
:eek: :sad:

Apr 30th, 2005, 09:54 PM