Paramedics arrived to find the girls dead. Police questioned the mother, Michal Aloni, who was found in the apartment along with them, and say she admitted to the murder. "I took their lives," police say the mother confessed.
The girls were identified as Roni and her older sister Natalie.
Mother in police custody (Photo: Raanan Ben-Zur)
The mother's 42-year-old brother was also arrested because he was in the apartment at the time of the murders.
The girls' father, who has four children from a previous marriage, was also detained for questioning. His first wife fainted upon arriving at the scene. He said he was the one who alerted rescue forces, after arriving home to find his daughters dead.
In addition, a preliminary investigation has revealed that the mother has been institutionalized in the past.
Magen David Adom spokesman Zaki Heller described the events. "At 1:20 pm we received a call about two children found dead in an apartment in Raanana. The paramedics found two girls lying lifeless in their beds," he said.
The suspected murder is the last in a string of incidents in which parents took violent turns towards their offspring, the previous one occurring in Tel Aviv, where a mother threw her two small children from a fourth-floor window.
Before that, in July, Itai Ben Dror stabbed his three children to death in their sleep, and then attempted to take his own life in his Netanya home.
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