Santa Ana – On Fri., Jan. 23, a mother was sentenced to 11 years to life in state prison for attempting to murder her two young children by stabbing them while they were asleep.
Thuy Thi Le, 43, of Westminster, was found guilty by a jury Feb. 4, 2014, of two felony counts each of attempted murder, and child abuse and endangerment with sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a deadly weapon and committing great bodily injury.
On Oct. 27, 2014, a unanimous jury found the sentencing enhancement for premeditation and deliberation for the attempted murder charge to be true following a retrial of the sentencing enhancement, as a former jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.
The defendant, who entered pleas of “not guilty” and “not guilty by reason of insanity,” was found to be legally sane at the time of the murder by the jury on Oct. 31, 2014.
Back on Sept. 16, 2009, Le spent the night at a family member’s home with her children, a 5-year old and a 3-year old. Her boyfriend – who is the father of the children – was at work. Le slept with her two children together on a mattress in the family room. At approximately 6:30 a.m., she went into the kitchen, picked up a knife from the sink, walked back over to the children, stabbed each of them in the chest, and then stabbed herself nearly 25 times. She then called 911.
The children were rushed to the University of California Irvine Medical Center. The 5-year old child suffered a stab wound to the chest and the knife penetrated her heart; she underwent emergency open-heart surgery to save her life. The 3-year old child suffered a stab wound to the chest area, but the knife missed all vital organs.
Both children are reportedly recovered and are living with their father.