A Rahat woman suspected of murdering three of her young children will be sent for psychiatric evaluation to determine whether she is fit to stand trial, the Beersheba Magistrate’s Court ruled on Thursday.

The court also ordered the mother’s remand extended until September 30, by which point the state will be required to present a ruling from a psychiatrist as to whether she can stand trial.

Negev District Police said on Thursday that the mother, Ahlas Alargan, had linked herself to the killings, and that they were confident she played a key role in the crime.

The Beduin city of Rahat was shaken by news of the triple murder on Wednesday, during which three of the woman’s children, aged eight, four, and two months, were found brutally killed in their family home. The case has puzzled police and local residents, who have said that the family was “normative” and never had any sort of dealings with police or social services.

If the mother is deemed unfit to stand trial she could be sent to a psychiatric facility.

Meanwhile, a man phoned police early Tuesday morning to report that he had just murdered his wife in the house they shared in Herzliya. The husband, 65- year-old Mordechai Chaim, had murdered his previous wife over twenty years earlier and was ruled unfit to stand trial.

While he was sentenced to serve 14 years in Abarbanel State Mental Health Center in Bat Yam, Ma’ariv reported on Thursday that he served only a little over a year before he was released. He also later passed certification to carry a handgun for a job he held as a security guard.

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