I am not sure how to start this one, because the images in my head of the last minutes of 7-year-old Jiya and 4-year-old Piya Patel’s lives are so horrific, I feel sick. Unfortunately, I don’t think there is an easy way to tell their story or a way to lighten the mood surrounding it so I am just going to give it to you straight.
On August 27th, Lalji Patel returned home from work to find, what I can only imagine was the most horrific thing a man could see, his two beautiful daughters both dead and their mother Naiyana seriously injured.
According to police reports Lalji was seen by neighbors leaving for work that Saturday morning, as he waved goodbye to his family he had no idea what would happen next. Shortly after her husband left for work Naiyana went on a bloody rampage, attacking and killing both her young daughters with a hatchet. She then turned the hatchet on herself and struck herself repeatedly in the head. Employees at the convenience store the family owned said Lalji returned home an hour later, after an employee sent to pick up his family received no answer at the door.
According to the neighbors they heard his screams as he ran out of the house begging for help, as he called 911 he was heard saying, “My daughter is dying.” This poor man, my heart breaks for him; I can not imagine the pain he is feeling. When police and emergency personnel arrived Naiyana refused treatment for her wounds, but was transferred to hospital where she underwent surgery to save her life. She was listed in serious but stable condition.
The 33-year-old mother is now telling investigators a ghost attacked her and the children.
Relatives are saying she was being treated for depression after losing a baby and had recently switched medications because the first one was not helping. Investigators removed the medication from the home during the investigation.
Just too sad…I can’t wrap my mind around it.
Rest in Peace Jiya and Piya.
Thank you to Laura, Marcy and Nichole V. for the tip.