MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — A mother admitted to killing her two young children and stabbing herself early Thursday morning in Montgomery County, according to authorities.
First responders found the children dead at a home in the 200 block of South Madison Street in Darlington around 4:30 a.m. The small town is about eight miles northeast of Crawfordsville and 25 miles south of Lafayette.
30-year-old Brandi Worley said in a 911 call, “I just stabbed myself and killed my two children,” according to police.
Police haven’t determined a motive. But, court records indicate Worley’s husband filed for divorce on Wednesday. Police, however, said there were no signs of marital problems.
A fitting name, the town of Darlington is peaceful. It’s the type of place where there are no shortage of American flags waiving proudly. But on Madison Street, that peace was rocked. On Thursday, crime tape blocked off the gruesome scene.
“Around here, stuff like this doesn’t happen. So the accidents that happen around here are normally farming accidents,” said Victoria Bussell who lives about a block away.
Ricky Leal doesn’t live far either, he said, “We weren’t sure what was going on. So, cause they wouldn’t let us know.”
According to police, Worley called 911, admitting she just killed her children; her 3-year-old daughter Charlie Worley and 7-year-old son, Tyler Worley and also stabbed herself. Police say she killed them early Thursday morning in one of the kids’ bedrooms, but didn’t say how. Her husband, they say, was sleeping in the basement.
News of the homicides come as a shock to neighbors who say Worley was an involved mom.
“Every time I talked to them or seen them, they are so kind. So nice. The kids were so wonderful,” said Bussell.
Leal added, “I’d see her walk the kids. The younger sister would take the kids for a walk too.”
Early in the investigation, police say they were not able to find any history of domestic issues between Worley and her husband.
“I checked out calls for service and I could find no calls at that residence or dealings with either one of them,” said Sheriff Mark Casteel of the Montgomery County Sheriffs Department.
Police say Worley showed no signs of remorse and that her demeanor was matter of fact. Neighbors are reacting much differently.
“My thought process is, I couldn’t even have that thought process to do that to my child, or both of them,” said Bussell.
The coroner is expected to perform autopsies on both children Friday morning. Worley is recovering in the hospital.