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Affidavit: Mom who stabbed kids said 'voices made her do it'

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Jamina Briggs, 29, is currently being held at Memphis Mental Health Institute. Jamina Briggs, 29, is currently being held at Memphis Mental Health Institute.
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(WMC-TV) - The mother accused of stabbing her two young children to death was scheduled to be arraigned in court Friday. That arraignment was reset to August 16.

Jamina Briggs, 29, is currently being held at Memphis Mental Health Institute as she awaits a mental health evaluation. She is charged with two counts of first degree murder.

"We did enter an order today [Friday] for a mental evaluation. She is currently in a mental hospital and I'm sure they're doing that for her," said attorney Gerald Skahan, who hopes to meet with his client before the weekend is over. "Her stability is probably pretty fragile right now. I just want to find out more about her, tell her when her next court date is, and see what I can do to help her."

New information provided in a police affidavit reveals that Briggs called the Memphis Police Department and told the person who answered the phone that she stabbed her kids. She admitted she has paranoid schizophrenia and "the voices told her to do it".

According to the affidavit, when police arrived at her home at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Briggs answered the door and she "told officers she was sorry". She had blood on her hands and was immediately taken into custody.

When officers entered the apartment, they found 6-year-old Nicholas and 23-month-old Jeremiah face down on the couch. Both had multiple stab wounds. The children were taken to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital where they died.

Psychologist Dr. Allen Battle says what is described in the affidavit is called an auditory hallucination.

"And the victim feels that they must follow it or something terrible will happen," explained Dr. Battle. "And the auditory hallucinations of any patient I've ever seen in my 56 years of practice never say something pleasant about anything."

Investigators say Briggs has an extensive criminal background. She has been in jail several times for threats against her boyfriend and biting her mother.

Her attorneys say they are trying to get to the bottom of what would lead her to kill her own children.

"We're a long way from answering that. It happened two days ago. The fact that she was immediately brought to MMHI might give you that answer," said Skahan.

The district attorney's office says even though Briggs is set to face a judge on August 16, her case will more than likely be continued before she makes her first appearance in court.

The Department of Children's Services says it did not have any open investigations with this family before this tragedy. The state placed Briggs' two older children, ages six and nine, with their grandmother. She did still have legal custody of her youngest.

In general, DCS says the situation is common.

As time goes by, people might have more children. We don't necessarily know about those other children," said Rob Johnson, Department of Children's Services.

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