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Missoula woman accused of killing 2 young children

Leannah Gardipe
Missoula Deaths Nov. 19
Missoula Deaths Nov. 19
Missoula Deaths Nov. 19
Posted at 10:47 AM, Nov 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-22 18:07:31-05

UPDATE: 4:03 p.m. - Nov. 22, 2021

MISSOULA - Leannah Gardipe, 34 — who is accused of killing her two young children with a knife at their Missoula home appeared in court Monday afternoon.

Judge Alex Beal ordered Gardipe to be held on a $10 million bond.

She is expected to undergo a mental evaluation before her next hearing which has been set for Dec. 6.

Leannah Gardipe
Leannah Gardipe


(first report: 10:47 a.m. - Nov. 22, 2021

A mother is facing murder charges for the deaths of her two young children.

Leannah Gardipe, 34, is accused of killing them with a knife at their Missoula home Friday morning.

Gardipe is charged with two counts of deliberate homicide in the deaths of her 3-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.

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Missoula County Sheriff deputies responded to a home on Patty Ann Drive Friday just after 8 a.m. for a report of a homicide.

In charging documents, Gardipe's mother called 911 to report that her daughter had called her and that Gardipe said she "saved her babies."

She asked the defendant if that meant she had killed her children and the defendant began crying.

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A few minutes later, Gardipe called 911 and said she "want(ed) to report a murder.

Gardipe told 911 that the event happened that morning and that it occurred with a knife.

The defendant asked to send medical. In charging documents, Gardipe told 911 that "I was supposed to die today."

Sheriff deputies found the children in their beds with knife wounds and defensive marks on their hands.

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Law enforcement executed search warrants on the home where they found a note at the threshold of the bedroom where the children were found that read " [i]t was the only way that we all wouldn't burn, now I'm the only one of us that will." Deputies recovered the knife underneath the bed.

Gardipe is currently being held in the Missoula County Detention Facility.

She's expected to make her initial court appearance Monday afternoon.