Phoenix mom accused of stabbing, trying to kill her 2 children

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PHOENIX -- A Phoenix woman with a history of child abuse was arrested Monday after police said she tried to kill her two children by stabbing them.

Brenda Begay, 38, called 911 and said her two children were dying, according to a court document.

Police said her 12-year-old daughter told them she was sleeping in the same bed with her mother when she woke up to her mother stabbing her. The girl suffered a single stab wound to her chest, according to the document.

The girl said her mother then went to her 13-year-old son's room and began stabbing him.

The girl said she walked into the brother's room to find him on the floor bleeding and her mother standing over him holding a knife, according to the document.

Police said the boy had several stab wounds and a cut on a wrist.

Both children were hospitalized, police said.

The girl told police her mother went to the kitchen and put the knife in the kitchen sink.

She said her mother also told her she was going to heaven.

Begay admitted to police she wanted her kids to die and that she was only protecting them from being raped, though court documents don't specify by whom. The family lives in the area of 13th Avenue and Ironwood Drive.

"I can't believe it. I didn't think she would go that far," said Gloria Begay, a family friend. "I was just hoping she would never do anything because I know she was on medicine because the last time she left her kids in the streets."

Begay served six months in jail and was sentenced to 15 years of probation after pleading no contest to child abuse in 2006.

She got her children back after she started taking medicine, according to the family friend.

"I was happy they did because they needed their mom, they missed their mom," Gloria Begay said. "I don't think she was taking her medicine."

Brenda Begay was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on two counts of felony child abuse.

Phoenix woman accused of stabbing her 2 children

PHOENIX (AP) -- A 38-year-old Phoenix woman previously convicted of child abuse is accused of stabbing her two children before calling 911.
 
Police say Brenda Begay's 12-year-old daughter woke up early Monday morning as she was being stabbed in the chest and then discovered her 13-year-old brother on the floor of his room.
 
Police said the children are hospitalized. The girl had a stab wound to the chest and the boy had multiple stab wounds to the chest and a cut on his wrist.
 
According to police, Begay was standing outside her home when officers arrived in response to her 911 call.
 
Begay remains in jail Tuesday and it's not clear if she has an attorney yet.
 
She pleaded no contest in 2006 to a child abuse charge involving domestic violence.