New Orleans woman accused of stabbing her 2 kids, 1 fatally

August 9, 2022 GMT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans woman is accused of killing her 4-year-old daughter and also stabbing her 2-year-old son.

Janee Pedescleaux was arrested Sunday on charges of second-degree murder, attempted murder, and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile, New Orleans police said. Conviction on a second-degree murder charge would bring a life sentence.

It was not clear whether Pedescleaux has an attorney who could speak for her.

The boy remained in critical condition Monday, Officer Reese Harper, a police spokesperson, said in an email Monday night.

Court records show the children’s father, Jermaine Roberts, had sued for joint custody, alleging Pedescleaux was “not stable or providing a healthy environment for the kids,” The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported.

The newspaper said attempts to reach Roberts were not successful.