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Police: Mother kills daughters, hacks self with hatchet

ASHEVILLE, NC (WYFF) - An Asheville mother is accused of killing her two young daughters with a hatchet on Saturday, and then hacking herself in the head.
Police responded to a call for help at a home on Shannon Drive in east Asheville just after 10 a.m. Saturday.
When officers arrived, they found the bodies of 4-year-old Piya Patel and her 8-year-old sister, Jiya Patel. 
Police also found the girls' mother, 33-year-old Naiyana Patel, with several lacerations to her head. She was taken to Mission Hospital where she underwent surgery.
Police questioned the children's father, Lalji Patel, and Niyana Patel, after she came out of surgery.
Just before 8 p.m. Saturday, police charged Niyana Patel with two counts of first-degree murder.
Niyana Patel is recovering from surgery for the self-inflicted wounds, and is being guarded by APD personnel at Mission Hospital until her release.

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