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    TX - Nika, 5, & Michela Kholodenko, 1, murdered, Benbrook, 17 March 2016

    Police say an award-winning concert pianist arrived at his estranged wife’s home to pick up their two daughters and found the girls slain in their beds.

    Benbrook police Cmdr. David Babcock said Friday that Vadym Kholodenko (vuh-DEEM’ koh-loh-DEN’-koh) is not a suspect and that his spouse, who’s being treated for multiple stab wounds, faces a

    mental health evaluation.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/enter...05f_story.html

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    TX - Sofya Tsygankova Kills Daughters Nika, 5, and Michela, 1

    An internationally renowned concert pianist arrived at his estranged wife’s home in Texas to pick up their two daughters and found the girls slain in their beds, police said Friday. Authorities say their Russian mother, who had suffered knife wounds, faces a mental health exam.

    Vadym Kholodenko stopped Thursday morning at the suburban Fort Worth home where he formerly lived to pick up Nika, 5, and 1-year-old Michela, Benbrook police Cmdr. David Babcock said. The Ukrainian-born musician found his wife, Sofya Tsygankova, in an “extreme state of distress” and discovered the dead girls. The pianist then called 911, police said.

    Kholodenko, who won the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth in 2013, is not a suspect and is cooperating with police, Babcock said. Police said no suspects were being sought in the deaths of the girls or the stabbing of Tsygankova, who was recovering Friday at a Fort Worth hospital.
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    I was just reading about this in the Daily Mail. I wonder what caused this horrific incident? Such adorable little kids. I feel terrible for the dad finding these precious babies murdered.

    It wasn't too long ago that these stories were shocking. Now they are common and it makes me so sad. I'll never understand how a parent can take the life of a child. I just don't get it.

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    Holy ____. This is awful. That poor man

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    Shades of the Caroline Coronado case, here in California. She killed her three young daughters (ages 2 years to 2 months ) as her husband worked on a car nearby at a neighbors. She was discovered (IIRC by her own mother) with self-inflicted stab wounds.

    CA - Sophia, 2, Yazmine, 1, & Xenia Coronado, 2 mos, murdered, 20 May 2014
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=244348

    The issue of post-partum psychosis was/is part of the discussion and likely the defense in the CA case. Her husband has attended her hearings.

    This is tragedy beyond measure on all accounts.

    It doesn't escape me that both cases involve a daughter with the same phonetically pronounced name (Sofya/Sophia).

    The details of the Texas case will likely break your hearts. The #AngelsCoronado about undid me. I can't believe we are here - again....

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    My apologies for my error above:
    Nika and Michela's alleged killer shares the same phonetic name with the eldest victim of Caroline Coronado.

    I really need to sleep. They don't have here - only decaf...


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    Police have charged the estranged wife of Van Cliburn piano competition winner Vadym Kholodenko with capital murder after she was found stabbed and her daughters were found dead last week in Benbrook, southwest of Fort Worth.

    Authorities believe Sofya Tsygankova, 31, killed her daughters and stabbed herself before her husband was scheduled to pick up his children for a regular visit. She is recovering at a hospital, where she’s being held in lieu of $2 million bail, Benbrook police announced Monday.

    “We have probable cause, reason to believe that she committed the homicides,” Benbrook police Cmdr. David Babcock said, adding that police collected physical evidence at the scene.
    http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2016...aughters.html/

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    Bandaged wife of pianist appears in court and pleads not guilty to murdering their two young daughters six days after she found 'covered in blood going crazy'

    Sofya Tsygankova had a visible white bandage on her chest in a Texas courtroom on Wednesday

    She was found by police 'rocking back and forth' and wearing a blood-soaked nightgown last Thursday with her two dead children on a bed

    She says she recalled 'cutting herself with a knife and taking pills' but had no memory of harming her children

    Award-winning musician husband, Vadym Kholodenko, found the bodies

    Tsygankova pleaded not guilty to two capital murder charges

    Affidavits indicate that the children may have been smothered with pillows

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz43oJKX5UB

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    if she is telling the truth on her not remembering hurting her kids (even though its possible) what kind of prescriptions would cause blackouts? im still trying to wrap my head around this, but could someone drug her, kill kids and then left to let sofya wake up and find them? and after that seeing her kids deceased, she goes into a panic bycutting self inflicting wounds on herself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpo74 View Post
    if she is telling the truth on her not remembering hurting her kids (even though its possible) what kind of prescriptions would cause blackouts? im still trying to wrap my head around this, but could someone drug her, kill kids and then left to let sofya wake up and find them? and after that seeing her kids deceased, she goes into a panic bycutting self inflicting wounds on herself?
    Why is someone going to drug her and kill the kids? And never mind per the link above she says she remember taking pills. She reportedly has history of mental issues and was apparently taking anti-psychotic. Sounds like another Andrea Yates to me.

    "The day before her daughters were found dead, their mother had gone to a mental-health facility in Fort Worth, the affidavit states. Tsygankova, 31, reportedly has a history of mental illness, and prescription pills found at the home point to that fact; police found an empty bottle of the anti-psychotic drug Quetiapine, as well as an antidepressant and another medication used to treat anxiety. "

    http://www.people.com/article/sofya-...o-anything-bad
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    i was trying to give another scenario on what happened. although i think she did kill the kids.

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    Young daughters of renowned pianist likely died of asphyxia 'after their mother smothered them with pillows' at their Texas home, autopsy concludes

    The medical examiner's office released the autopsy reports on Thursday of Michela Kholodenko, 1, and Nika Kholodenko, 5

    Their mother, Sofya Tsygankova, has been charged in their deaths

    Vadym Kholodenko, a Ukrainian-born winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, discovered his daughters' bodies in March

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz47F8eAyCg

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    Famed pianist takes stage in hometown for the first time since 'his estranged wife killed their two young daughters'

    World renowed pianist Vadym Kholodenko played his first concert in Fort Worth since his wife is accused of killing their children, ages five and one

    The pair had filed for divorce and were living separately in Fort Worth when the tragedy happened

    Sofya Tsygankova was found by police 'rocking back and forth' and wearing a blood-soaked nightgown on March 17 with her two dead children on a bed

    She says she recalled 'cutting herself with a knife and taking pills' but had no memory of harming her children

    Kholodenko found the bodies

    Tsygankova pleaded not guilty to two capital murder charges

    Affidavits indicate that the children may have been smothered with pillows


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz4AseGmWqx

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    From November:

    Wife of Concert Pianist Vadym Kholodenko Ruled Not Fit to Stand Trial for Daughters’ Deaths

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/...-trial-n676996

    The estranged wife of acclaimed concert pianist Vadym Kholodenko has been ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial for allegedly killing the couple's two young daughters by smothering them with pillows.

    Sofya Tsygankova has been ordered committed by a Texas judge to a state mental health facility for 120 days of treatment with the hope that she will be able to face justice when she regains "a reasonable degree of rational understanding," court records revealed Wednesday.

    Tsygankova, who is 32 and charged with two counts of capital murder of a person under age 10, will remain in the Tarrant County jail until a bed becomes available at the mental health facility.

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    Cliburn winner’s wife competent to stand trial in children’s deaths

    http://www.star-telegram.com/news/lo...154891249.html

    After an extended stay at a state mental hospital, the estranged wife of former Cliburn winner Vadym Kholodenko is back in Tarrant County Jail after she was deemed competent to stand trial in the deaths of the couple’s two young daughters.

    Tsygankova, who turned 33 last month, is accused of smothering Michaela Kholodenko, 1, and Nika Kholodenko, 5, on March 17, 2016. She has pleaded not guilty to the capital murder charges.

    No trial date has been set.



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