DARLINGTON, Ind. – A Montgomery County mother admitted to killing her two young children before trying to kill herself, according to the sheriff.
Dispatchers received a 911 call around 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning from the mother, Brandi Worley, who told the dispatcher she killed her two children and stabbed herself.
Investigators say Tyler Worley, 7, and Charlee Worley, 3, were killed in their bedroom. Brandi Worley confessed to investigators that she killed her children in a “matter of fact” tone of voice, said .
Montgomery County Sheriff Mark Casteel says there was no history of violence in the home and neighbors never saw any signs of trouble, but Brandi Worley’s family says her husband asked for a divorce this week. The children’s father was sleeping in the basement at the time of the killing.
Brandi Worley was transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital for self-inflicted stab wounds to her neck. She has not yet been transported to jail.
During the news conference, Sheriff Casteel became very emotional and asked the public to pray for the family.
“She did admit to doing it and I don’t want to get into additional details at this point, said Casteel.
“We are not used to dealing with things like this.”
Neighbors of the family say they are in shock.
“I can’t fathom it. It’s unreal to me,” said neighbor Victoria Bussell.
“We’re just left here in the community praying for the family,” said Seth Stultz, a pastor with the Congregational Christian Church in Darlington.
As a church pastor in Darlington, Stultz says the deaths of two innocent children is painful for the entire community.
“It just kind of makes you shake your head. You want to know all the details and get all the answers, but often that’s not what happens,” said Stultz.
There is a community prayer service scheduled for Friday evening at the Congregational Christian Church on Academy Street. The service is set to start at 7 p.m. The public is invited.
7-year-old Tyler attended Sugar Creek Elementary and the school will have a team of administrators, counselors, and resource officers to counseling and support for the students.
The school released the following statement in part:
“Today a support team including administrators, counselors, the school resource officer and teachers have been working to provide counseling and support for students.
“Any new loss can bring to the surface past feelings of grief. Even if students do not know the children involved with this situation, it can still bring up past feelings, grief, sadness, anger, etc. We know that grief is ongoing and does not affect any two people in exactly the same way. Please be extra vigilant and attentive to students’ needs. Do not leave grieving children alone. We will do the same at school.
“The North Montgomery Schools family extends our heartfelt sympathy to this family. If you have concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact the school if you need assistance.”
The Congregational Christian Church will hold a special prayer vigil Friday night at 7:00 p.m. to help members of the community grieve. It’s open to anyone and everyone.
“We’re just trying to be present tonight and do what we can to help the families involved,” says Pastor Seth Stutlz.
Stultz, along with Darlington United Methodist pastor, Joe Sanford, will preside over the prayer service. Neither says they have an exact plan for the evening other than providing support.
“It’s not something you have written up that you keep away in your drawer waiting for an occasion like this,” Stutlz added.