Mom accused of stabbing son and daughter before drinking insect killer

NORFOLK, Va. (WTKR) -- A Norfolk mom is accused of stabbing her children, according to court records.

A man who identified himself as the suspect’s father said his daughter has been going through a very difficult time because of custody issues with the father of the children. He said she was on the verge of losing the kids.

Police have charged 35-year-old Tanesha S. Gordany with two counts of malicious wounding and one count of attempted malicious wounding.

Court records state that police were called to the 2700 block of Azalea Garden Road Apartments on July 28 at 6:30 a.m.

Records indicate that a boy told police he woke up to his mom trying to smother him with a pillow, then cut him with a knife.  It states his sister had already been attacked and was bleeding.

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A 35-year-old mom is accused of stabbing her son and daughter before harming  herself, according to court records.
A 35-year-old mom is accused of stabbing her son and daughter before harming  herself, according to court records.
A 35-year-old mom is accused of stabbing her son and daughter before harming  herself, according to court records.
A 35-year-old mom is accused of stabbing her son and daughter before harming  herself, according to court records.
A 35-year-old mom is accused of stabbing her son and daughter before harming  herself, according to court records.
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Records indicate the suspect “cut herself with a box cutter, injected herself in her thigh with something, took some pills and drank some insect killer mixed with soda.”

“I was just so shocked.  You never know what a person is going through,” said one woman who lives across the street and didn’t want to be identified. “I would never of thought in 1 million years that she would hurt her children.”

According to police, two kids ages 9 and 12 years old were found stabbed and were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Emir Robinson said he saw the children coming out of the house the day of the incident. “He had a bloody shirt on. They took the little girl out.  I think the paramedics and the ambulance came and got the girl," Robinson said.

Police said Gordany spent several days in the hospital for self-inflicted injuries. She was then taken to the Norfolk City Jail.

Gordany is now being held without bond.

She declined an interview with us from jail.

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