Who is Janee Pedescleaux? New Orleans mother, 31, charged for brutally stabbing her children

The woman was charged with second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile in connection

Who is Janee Pedescleaux? New Orleans mother, 31, charged for brutally stabbing her children
Janee Pedescleaux had posted a video of herself covered in blood in which she claimed that she had killed her children (Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office and Louisiana Hot Topics/Facebook)
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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA: A four-year-old girl died and a two-year-old boy was left critically injured on Sunday, August 7, after they were stabbed by their mother at their home at the 3100 block of Law Street in the Florida neighborhood, New Orleans police said. Detectives have arrested 31-year-old Janee Pedescleaux with charges of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile in connection with the double stabbing. 

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A surveillance video showed a man, believed to be the children’s father Jermaine Roberts running to their house to rescue his kids after Pedecleaux posted a video saying she had killed them. In the footage, Roberts is seen running to the house around 11 am on Sunday. He is later spotted bursting out of the home with the girl in his arms with his son trying to keep up behind them. The desperate father put them in his truck and rushed them to a hospital, where his daughter Paris passed away and his son was left in critical condition.

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In a more disturbing video, which has now been deleted from Pedescleaux’s Instagram page, the woman faced the camera in a blood-stained tank top, sobbing, “I’m dying. My children is dead. I’m dying! I’m done with life!” She also posted the delirious clip on Facebook yelling at the camera after the brutal attack. The footage is understood to have alerted Roberts to the incident. 

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In the video, she added, "It's all Jermaine's fault." Pedescleaux and Roberts reportedly have been in a custody battle for the youngsters when the vicious attack happened. In April, Roberts reportedly sought joint custody which would allow him to see the children on the weekends. He alleged that Pedescleaux was keeping their children from them and not keeping them in a healthy living situation, according to The Times-Picayune.

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Daily Mail reported that court documents showed Roberts claimed she was "not stable or providing a healthy environment for the kids," with a hearing listed for late August.


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Pedescleaux was arrested at the scene and taken away strapped to an ambulance gurney. The NOPD said she was booked into the Orleans Justice Center later. NOPD child abuse detective Mario Bravo is heading the investigation. 

Daughter Paris, four, died from wounds, while son, two, was in critical condition (Facebook/ Angelia Roberts)
Paris, 4, succumbed to her wounds, while her brother, 2, is in critical condition (Facebook/ Angelia Roberts)

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If you or anyone you know suspects child abuse, you are urged to immediately call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential and the hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.

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