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Mother indicted in December slaying of her two young children
Berenice Jaramillo-Hernandez

A Gainesville woman was indicted Wednesday, March 10, in the death of her two children, with the court documents alleging she cut the throats of the children with a knife.

Berenice Jaramillo-Hernandez, faces two counts each of malice murder, first-degree child cruelty and aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office responded around 2 p.m. Dec. 11 to a report that a woman had cut herself at the home on Crescent Drive. They found Jaramillo-Hernandez with serious injuries to her neck and her two children, siblings Mateo Miranda Jaramillo, 5, and Katherine Miranda Jaramillo, 6, dead. 

According to the sheriff’s office, Jaramillo-Hernandez killed her son and daughter with a knife between noon and 2 p.m. Friday and then turned the knife on herself.

The indictment came during the first grand jury session of 2021, with the courts stalled out of precaution for the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Defense attorney Matt Leipold declined to comment Friday, March 12.

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