Mother who choked girls sent for psychiatric evaluation

Roni, 4, and Natalie, 6, buried in Ra'anana; father of children claims his wife is fully sane, planned the murder.

November 11, 2010 22:30
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Crowd surrounds home of suspect, Michal Aloni

311_house of Raanana murder suspect. (photo credit: YAAKOV LAPPIN)

The woman who confessed to choking to death her two young daughters on Wednesday has been sent for psychiatric evaluation by a Kfar Saba Magistrate's Court on Thursday, despite claims by her husband that she is fully sane.

"That woman is as sane as I am or anyone else. She even managed to take part in a number of previous evaluations, and the fact is no one has tried to claim she was insane," Aloni's husband, Amos, told Maariv on Thursday.

Funerals held for 2 young girls who were strangled to death

During Michal Aloni's remand hearing, police had attempted to delay the evaluation by a few days, arguing that it would disrupt the double homicide investigation.

Police believe the two girls were chocked while lying in their beds, minutes before they were scheduled to head out for kindergarten and school.

Aloni's attorney, Ori Hayon, slammed the police's refusal to allow her to meet with her client during the remand hearing.

The court ruled that Aloni must remain in custody and be kept under observation due to the threat she poses to others and herself, adding that she also have her psychiatric state fully evaluated.

Aloni was seen muttering to herself in court during the proceedings.

Aloni's brother, Daniel Brahms, who was arrested with his sister on Wednesday, and who police say was in the home when the murders took place, was ordered to remain in custody for three additional days.

On Wednesday night, Aloni reenacted the killings for police at her home, as neighbors shouted out condemnations at her. "You will hear their screams for the rest of your life," one woman called out to Aloni.

After Thursday's remand hearing, Roni and Natalie Aloni, who were aged 4 and 6, were buried at the Nahman cemetery in Ra'anana.

Before their burial, the two small bodies lay side by side wrapped in black ZAKA blankets.

Earlier, Amos Aloni told Channel 2 how his wife told him on the phone that she had choked their two daughters to death.

"I said, are you joking? Are you normal?'" and I rushed home, Aloni recounted.

He then described the horrific scene he discovered when he reached his home.

"They were laid out next to each other in perfect order," Aloni said, as he sobbed. "Their eyes were open. There was a big red mark across their throats."

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