Missoula Woman to Appear on Charges She Killed Her Two Children

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According to court documents released on Monday morning, a Missoula woman, 34-year-old Leannah Gardipe, has been charged with two counts of deliberate homicide after allegedly cutting the throats of her three and five-year-old children with a steak knife.

According to court documents, the initial report came in “on November 19, 2021, at approximately 8:06 am, Missoula County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a homicide in a residence on Patty Ann Drive, Missoula County, Montana. The initial 911 caller, H.O., called to report that her daughter, the Defendant, had called H.O. and reported that she had “saved her babies”. H.O. believed the Defendant was referring to the Defendant’s two children, Jane Doe (age 3) and John Doe (age 5). H.O. asked the Defendant if that meant she had killed Jane and John Doe and the Defendant began crying.”

Court documents state that “later examination of the children’s bodies revealed defensive wounds to their hands and fingers, as well as other knife injuries. The children were later pronounced dead after medical examination.”

Gardipe will make her initial appearance in Missoula Justice Court at 2:30 p.m. on Monday on two counts of deliberate

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