Court docs: Mother accused of killing kids was having marital problems

Two children are found dead in their home in the town of Darlington, Ind. early morning Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. (WLFI Photo)
Two children are found dead in their home in the town of Darlington, Ind. early morning Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. (WLFI Photo)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The mother who authorities say confessed to killing her two children was having marital problems, News 18 uncovers.

According to court documents, the husband of 30-year-old Brandi Worley filed a petition for dissolution of marriage on Wednesday — a day before Worley was taken into custody under allegations of murder.

On Thursday, two children were found dead at a home around 4:30 a.m. in the 200 block of South Madison Street in the small town of Darlington, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

During a press conference Thursday morning, the sheriff’s office said Worley was taken into custody. Montgomery County Sheriff Mark Casteel said during a 911 call, Worley confessed to killing her two children — 7-year-old Tyler and 3-year-old Charlie.

Casteel said after killing her kids, Worley stabbed herself in the neck. Worley is currently at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. After treatment, she will be taken back into custody by the sheriff’s office.

When asked if Worley showed any remorse, Casteel said, “No, she was very matter-of-fact.”

News 18 was told the father was at home the time of the murders but was sleeping in the basement.

“I can’t imagine the pain or the grief that these families are feeling,” Casteel said during the news conference. “Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers.”

State police are assisting with the investigation. Casteel would not comment on how Worley killed the children. Right now, he said there’s no motive.

An autopsy for the children is scheduled for Friday.

News 18 talked to Sunshine Tipton, a Darlington resident, who says she was shocked when she woke up to the news early Thursday morning.

“I have a 12-year-old. I let her play all the time, and I’m the kind of mom that I am worried all the time,” she said. “But Darlington is a wonderful town – and for something like this to happen is just very unusual.”

The Associated Press reports Tyler was a first-grader at Sugar Creek Elementary and Charlie was enrolled in preschool. According to an email to parents from North Montgomery Community Schools Superintendent Colleen Moranto, a support team of administrators, counselors, school resource officers and teachers were providing counseling for students if needed.