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Mother to police: Ghost killed my children

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ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Court documents revealed new details Tuesday in the case of an Asheville mother accused of killing her two children with a hatchet and then trying to kill herself with it.

Police said they were called to 40 Shannon Dr. on Sunday after they received a call for help.

According to a search warrant, police arrived at the home to find Naiyana Patel injured inside the home. It said Patel's children, 8-year-old Jiya Patel and 4-year-old Piya Patel, were also inside the home. It said Jiya was dead, and Piya died later at Mission Hospital.

The document said the children's father, Lalo Patel, was in the yard when officers arrived.

According to the document, Lalo Patel told investigators that he found his wife in the floor hitting herself in the head with a hatchet. He told investigators that he grabbed the hatchet and threw it outside. He said that he saw his two children lying on the floor covered in blood. He said he then went outside and called for help.

The search warrant said that when Naiyana Patel was interviewed by investigators said claimed that "the ghost killed her children," and that she did not want to live and did not want surgery.

Police said they found a bloody hatchet lying on the front porch of the home.

Naiyana Patel was in the hospital Tuesday afternoon, recovering from her injuries. Police said she will likely be charged with two counts of first-degree murder upon her release.

Friends of the family said Naiyana Patel recently had a child that wasn't carried to term and had been suffering from postpartum depression.

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