A mum who is accused of attacking her two young children, leaving one dead and another critically injured, has told police she did it because she wanted them to "go to heaven".
Esther Callejas, 24, is alleged to have killed her 2-year-old daughter Esperanza Isidro on Monday in Phoenix, Arizona, by shooting her twice in the chest at close range.
Her 6-year-old son was also shot twice, and is still receiving treatment in hospital.
According to court documents, police were called to the scene by the family of husband Emmanuel Isidro after Callejas rang him to let him know she had committed the awful acts.
Police say she had made plans to kill her children before taking her own life, but accidentally shot herself in the hand while loading a gun in her bedroom. The woman had concealed the weapon from the rest of the family for several years.
After hearing the discharged weapon, her son reportedly ran towards the door of her room, where Callejas shot him. Afterwards, she fired the gun at her daughter.
She then attempted suicide using her prescription depression medicine.
Police said: "During the course of this investigation officers learned that Esther called her husband and another family member to tell them that she just killed their children."
"Esther did not call 911 even though her six-year-old was still alive and crying."
They also revealed that she admitted in a police interview the next day to killing her children because she wanted them to "go to heaven".
Phoenix Police Sergeant Ann Justus added during a news conference: "This is the worst type of call we can go on as officers. It affects each and every one of our officers"
Fox News reported that officers had attended the property two weeks earlier to check on the children's well-being after the husband reported concerns, but no-one was in at the time. She reassured officers in a later phone call that there were no issues with their safety.
Callejas is being held at Maricopa County Jail in Arizona. Her bond is set at $2,000,000 (£1,482,270).
For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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