Missoula woman held on $10M bail for allegedly killing her kids

Zoe Buchli

A Missoula woman is held on $10 million bail for allegedly killing her 3- and 5-year-old children with a knife at their house near Reserve Street on Friday.

Leannah J. Gardipe, 34, is charged with two counts of deliberate homicide. She appeared Monday afternoon in Missoula County Justice Court.

Missoula sheriff’s deputies were called to a reported homicide at 8:05 a.m. Friday at a house on Patty Ann Drive. The initial 911 caller, Gardipe’s mother, said she had been on the phone with Gardipe, who told her mom she had “saved her babies,” possibly referring to her two young children, according to charging documents.

When Gardipe’s mom asked her if she meant she killed her two young children, Gardipe started crying.

Shortly after, Gardipe called 911 herself, wanting “to report a murder” and saying her mom should be calling too and that “I just told her.”

Gardipe told dispatchers the incident happened that morning with a knife in her bedroom, and that “(she) was supposed to die today.” She indicated she was waiting for law enforcement to arrive and asked medical services to be sent because she could still hear noises from one of her children. 

When deputies got there, they

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