DARLINGTON, Ind. -- Despite police saying she admitted to killing her two young children, a Montgomery County mother pleaded not guilty to the crime Tuesday.
Brandi Worley is charged with two counts of murder.
According to court documents, she confessed to police, saying she did it so her husband couldn't have them.
Worley, 30, is charged with the murder of her 7-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter.
Police were called to the home on South Madison Street on Nov. 17 after Worley called 911 and told the dispatcher, "I just stabbed myself and killed my children."
According to the documents, Worley told police her husband was divorcing her and going to take the children. She said, "I did not want him taking them, so I stabbed them."
Worley's husband filed for divorce on Wednesday.
Worley used a knife to kill Tyler, 7, and Charlee, 3, according to court documents. Both children were found inside the girl's bedroom with stab wounds to their neck. Police found a Kabar style combat knife on the floor of the room.
Brandi Worley told police, "I did not want him to take my kids, I just wanted to die with them."
Brandi's husband, Jason, was awakened by Brandi's mother screaming and when he walked up stairs he told police that Brandi said to him, "now you can't take the kids from me."
Autopsies were performed on the children at Terre Haute Regional Hospital. The coroner determined the cause of death for each child was stab wounds to the neck.
The deaths of the two young children has rattled the small community of Darlington.
Neighbor Cecil Haworth said he looked forward to getting his hug from Tyler and Charlee every morning, and he always kept one of their favorite treats in his home; popsicles.
Haworth also helped Tyler and Charlee make their mother a Birthday card, just days before they were killed.
"I know where they've gone, so that's what pays. God's got them, loving them now," said Haworth.