Pianist's wife may have suffocated daughters in Texas home - police report

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Pianist's Wife Charged with Killing Daughters in Texas

DALLAS, March 22 (Reuters) - The estranged wife of celebrated Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko is suspected of having smothered her children with pillows before attempting suicide inside their suburban Fort Worth home, according to a police report.

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Sofya Tsygankova,31, charged on Monday with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of daughters, Nika, 5, and Michela, 1, was transferred to the medical unit of a county jail on Tuesday. She had been in an area hospital for treatment of what were suspected to be self-inflicted knife wounds, police in the suburb of Benbrook said.

Kholodenko, 29, left an area hotel on Thursday morning to pick up the children when he came across the crime scene at his wife's home, according to the arrest affidavit released on Tuesday. An official autopsy has not yet been released.

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Pianist's wife may have suffocated daughters in Texas home - police report
In this 2014 file photo, Vadym Kholodenko poses with his wife Sofya Tsygankova and daughters Nika, 4, and Michela, 2 months old, on Sept. 23, 2014. Police say their daughters Nika and Michela were found dead in their home on March 17, 2016 and Tsygankova was hospitalized with multiple stab wounds. Benbrook police said, Friday, that Kholodenko is not a suspect. (Joyce Marshall/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
In this 2014 file photo, Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko and his wife Sofya Tsygankova pose at the 2014 Cliburn Gala at Ridglea Country Club on May 2, 2014. Police say their daughters Nika, age five, and Michela, one, were found dead in their home Thursday, March 17, 2016 and Tsygankova was hospitalized with multiple stab wounds. Benbrook police said, Friday, that Kholodenko is not a suspect. (Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
In this 2014 file photo, Vadym Kholodenko poses with his wife Sofya Tsygankova and daughters Nika, 4, and Michela, 2 months old, on Sept. 23, 2014. Police say their daughters Nika and Michela were found dead in their home on March 17, 2016 and Tsygankova was hospitalized with multiple stab wounds. Benbrook police said, Friday, that Kholodenko is not a suspect. (Joyce Marshall/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
Cliburn medalists Beatrice Rana, 2nd place winner, Vadym Kholodenko, first place winner, and Sean Chen, third place winner, receive applause from the audience at the final awards ceremony at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday June 9, 2013. (Joyce Marshall/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko, of the Ukraine, wins the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday June 9, 2013. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko holds up the gold cup after winning the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday June 9, 2013. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Van Cliburn president Jacques Marquis, left, and Chairman Carla Thompson applaud gold medalist Vadym Kholodenko after winning the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday June 9, 2013. (Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko, of Ukraine, performs with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra during the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday June 9, 2013. (Joyce Marshall/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko, of the Ukraine, plays a concerto as Leonard Slatkin conducts the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra on the second day of finals in the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, June 7, 2013. (Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko, of the Ukraine, performs with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin on the second day of the final round of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, June 7, 2013. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko, of the Ukraine, plays a concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra on the second day of finals in the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, June 7, 2013. (Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko, 26, of the Ukraine, rehearses with Maestro Leonard Slatkin and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra before his performance in the finals of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, June 7, 2013. (Joyce Marshall/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko, 26, of the Ukraine, left, rehearses with Maestro Leonard Slatkin and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra before his performance in the finals of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, June 7, 2013. (Joyce Marshall/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko, of Ukraine, performs in the semifinal round of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, June 3, 2013. (Joyce Marshall/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko of the Ukraine performs during the second day of the preliminary round of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, May 25, 2013. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko of the Ukraine performs in the preliminary round of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, May 25, 2013. (Joyce Marshall/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko of the Ukraine performs for the second day of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, May 25, 2013. (Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
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The award-winning pianist discovered his wife inside a bedroom closet, wearing a blood-soaked nightgown with cuts to her wrists and a puncture wound on her chest, the arrest record said.

Detectives found the children in separate bedrooms and both girls appeared to have been dead for some time. A pillow was found resting near or partially on top of their heads, the affidavit said.

She told detectives that she "didn't see any future for me and my kids" and admitted to wounding herself with a knife and swallowing a lot of pills.

She has not made any public statements about the deaths.

Police records show she visited a mental health facility in Tarrant County, Texas, the day before the children were found murdered.

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Officers found at her residence an empty bottle of Quetiapine, an anti-psychotic drug used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression, which had been filled the same day.

Kholodenko and Tsygankova married in 2010, but filed for divorce last November, according to court records obtained by local media.

"Tsygankova had been going through some difficult times because of the divorce," the affidavit said, citing an interview with her sister, who lives in Amsterdam.

In 2013, Kholodenko won the gold medal in the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He is an artist in residence with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and was scheduled to perform last weekend before a replacement was named.

A public memorial service for the girls sponsored by the orchestra was planned for Tuesday evening at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church in Fort Worth.

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