A Jerusalem court ordered on Tuesday that the mother accused of murdering her
two children last week in their Talpiot apartment remain in police custody for
another eight days, while convalescing at Hadassah University Medical Center
from self-inflicted knife wounds.
The recently divorced 39- year-old
mother, named as Karina Beryl, made aliya from Moscow last year and lived in a
modest third-floor apartment on Ein Gedi Street in the capital. Beryl allegedly
stabbed her seven-year-old son and five-year-old daughter to death in their
sleep on September 16.
Beryl then attempted to take her own life by
slitting her throat and repeatedly impaling herself, but her sister, who was
living with the family, intervened. Shortly after police were notified by a
neighbor, Beryl was rushed to the hospital in critical
Following emergency surgery, she was upgraded to stable-
but-serious condition, police said.
The children’s father, a musician
from Moscow, arrived in Israel a little over 24 hours later to identify the
corpses, meet with police and determine burial arrangements.
spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Tuesday that when Beryl is released from the
hospital she will immediately be placed in police custody.
Due to a gag
order, few other details have surfaced regarding her background, or the murder
and its ongoing investigation.
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