North Carolina police say a mother accused of violently killing her two young daughters with a hatchet is claiming that a "ghost" committed a double-murder.
Naiyana Gauri Patel was hospitalized on Saturday with self-inflicted injuries after attempting to take her own life with the same weapon she allegedly used to kill her daughters, 4-year-old Piya and 7-year-old Jiya, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported.
Laji Patel, Naiyana's husband, returned to the family's East Asheville home at approximately 10:00 am Saturday to discover his injured wife and daughters. Police said Naiyana went into her brutal assault shortly after Laji left for work that day.
Sitting in her hospital bed, Naiyana Patel, 33, told police Saturday that “the ghost killed her children,” according to an officer's statement obtained by the Asheville Citizen-Times. The newspaper added that the mother resisted treatment and wished not to live.
Police are investigating the effects that Naiyana's depression medication, prescribed to her after an incomplete pregnancy, may have had on her behavior, according to local NBC affiliant WYFF.
Naiyana Patel is charged with two counts of first degree murder.