TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – The two Tempe siblings who were murdered over the weekend, allegedly by their mother, were known to the Department of Child Safety, the agency said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
Yui Inoue, 40, is facing two charges of first-degree murder in the deaths of her 9-year-old daughter, Mia, and her 7-year-old son, Kai.
According to DCS, there was a report more than two months ago that alleged Inoue neglected her little boy. According to the report, Inoue had taken Kai, but nobody knew where they were. Police found them behind a convenience store. DCS says Inoue was taken to a psychiatric hospital and Kai was returned to his father.
“During the interview, the DCS investigator did not observe any visible signs of abuse or neglect on the children,” according to the statement DCS released Tuesday. “The children reported they felt safe with their parents. The investigation did not find evidence to remove the children from the home.”
The investigation was still open, according to DCS.
On Saturday, Inoue drove herself to a Tempe police station and told officers that she had heard voices telling her to kill her children. Police went to the family’s home where they found Mia and Kai dead. Investigators say it looked like Inoue had tried to hide their bodies.
Police say officers were at the Inoue home Friday night in response to a reported domestic situation, but Mia and Kai were safe in bed when the officers left.