A Ra'anana woman was charged yesterday with killing her two young daughters last month by strangling them with a sock.
The indictment, presented to the Petah Tikva District Court, stated that Michal Aloni, who had suffered from clinical depression, strangled her two daughters, Natali, 6, and Roni, 4, a few days after she was informed that social welfare authorities were planning on discussing future care options for the two girls.
Her brother, who was at the apartment at the time, said he heard his sister screaming after the girls had already been killed, but heard nothing before that.
He reportedly then entered the room and called the Magen David Adom rescue service, telling them the girls appeared to be dead.
Michal Aloni worked at assisting children and the elderly.
The Aloni family has been in contact with Ra'anana social welfare authorities since 2008.
Michal Aloni is known to have received outpatient hospital care, but social welfare authorities are unaware of any psychiatric hospitalizations.
The director of the municipal social welfare department, Orna Leshem, said the family has been handled professionally and "they have been provided everything they need." She expressed shock at the murders.
The social welfare department said a social worker had visited the family on Sunday and Michal was cooperative. It was a routine visit but came against the backdrop of reports that the children had not been attending school or day care.
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