Octavia Rogers, a 29-year-old Phoenix woman, stabbed her three young sons to death, according to the Phoenix Police Department.
The two oldest boys, Jaikare Rahaman, 8, and Jeremiah Adams, 5, were found dismembered in a closet, while 2-month-old Avery Robinson, was found stabbed to death and stuffed in a suitcase on June 2, reports the Daily Mail.
When confronted by her brother, Rogers is said to have turned the knife on herself, cutting her neck and abdomen. She then attempted to drown herself in a bathtub, according to police, who explained that she remains in critical condition, but is expected to survive.
Family members and neighbors are at a loss to explain what might have caused Rogers to do this. According to her brother, she was making mysterious religious statements when he confronted her in the garage just moments before the boys' bodies were found.
He quoted her as saying that she had “found the answer,” notes the Daily Mail, hinting her actions might have been inspired by divine delusion, though the suspect reportedly has no known history of mental illness.
The brother also said his sister was claiming to be pregnant while stabbing herself in the stomach. That information, combined with the fact Rogers had given birth just two months ago, raise the possibility of postpartum depression.
Within a year of giving birth, approximately 80 percent of mothers experience mild depression, which “can escalate to dangerous levels, influencing some women to experience psychosis and -- in rare and tragic cases -- to kill their offspring,” explains Psychology Today.
If Rogers survives, she will face homicide charges for all three of her children, according to authorities.