Murder suspect Carina Brill 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office filed an indictment on Sunday against
Carina Brill for the murder of her two children in their Talpiot, Jerusalem
apartment last month.
Brill, a 36-year-old divorcée from Moscow, is
accused of murdering her son, Igor, seven, and her daughter, Miri, five. She has
said that she killed them because she was “not a good mother.”
are the details of the alleged murder and events leading up to it, as described
in the indictment: In August, Igor told a camp counselor about being physically
abused by his mother, and had outwardly noticeable bruise marks on his neck.
When confronted, Carina admitted that she had abused him and accepted a
suggestion to get counseling from social services.
Despite the social
services counseling, Brill tried to commit suicide by cutting her throat with a
knife over the Rosh Hashanah holiday, leaving a scar.
In the days before
Brill allegedly killed her children, she spoke to a friend – referred to in the
indictment only as “Gali” – and discussed her difficulties. Brill showed her
friend the cut on her neck and said, “see what I did to
Concerned by Brill’s state, Gali notified social services, which
set up an appointment for a house visit on September 16.
the visit, Carina told her sister, Nadia, who was spending the night with them,
that she suspected the social services worker wanted to take her children away,
and that she would harm them herself before she allowed anyone to do
Hours before the social services visit on September 16, she stabbed
and slit her children’s throats.
When Nadia heard the children screaming,
she allegedly ran to the children’s bedroom to see what was happening. When
Carina saw Nadia, she attempted to kill herself.
Nadia struggled with
Carina until Carina forced Nadia out of the apartment and locked the
Nadia ran to a next-door neighbor and called for help from the
The prosecution has requested to remand Brill to police custody
until the end of the proceedings, and the court will decide the issue on October
Daniel K. Eisenbud contributed to this report