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Mother charged in her 2 small children's deaths

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Jamina Briggs mug shot from 2010 (courtesy Shelby County jail) Jamina Briggs mug shot from 2010 (courtesy Shelby County jail)

Memphis Police have charged Jamina Briggs with two counts of first-degree murder after she fatally stabbed her two small boys, 23-month-old Jeremiah Briggs and six-year-old Nicholas Briggs, Wednesday evening inside their Tillman Street home.

The 29-year-old mother called police after 9:20 p.m. and admitting that she had stabbed her two young children. She met the police officers at the door of the home and was detained without incident.

Officers entered the home to discover the two young boys lying on the couch with multiple stab wounds. Both boys were taken to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in extremely critical condition; the children died at the hospital.

Briggs is charged with two counts of first degree murder while performing felony child abuse and neglect.

Affidavits going back to as early as 2007 tell her history of domestic violence involving her mother and boyfriend.

On April 25, 2008, an affidavit reports that Briggs and her boyfriend at the time entered into a physical altercation when she began to hit him and bit his arm. The boyfriend said in the affidavit that "Briggs has a temper and is bipolar and acts this way some time."

A Jan. 29, 2007, affidavit reads that Briggs hit her mother with her fist and a TV remote in the face. It continues to tell that Briggs is diagnosed with schizophrenia and did not know when she last took her medication.

A Binghampton resident living across the street from Briggs says he had a recent conversation with Briggs about her not taking her medication regularly.

"She said maybe she needs to take her medication more often. She said she didn't take it every day and I told her she probably should take it every day. Said she didn't," says neighbor Lawrence Bonds.

Bonds says he heard Briggs was not supposed to have custody of her children, and may have had a nine-year-old as well. FOX13 News reached out to the Tennessee Dept. of Children's Services but have not heard back as of Thursday evening.

Memphis police say this remains an ongoing investigation.

Briggs' previous arrest warrants, affidavits of complaints (2007, 2008, 2010)


FOX13 News reporters SCott Madaus and Sarah Bleau contributed to this report.

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