Pianist's estranged wife indicted in daughters' deaths

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Posted: Jun 02, 2016 11:52 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The estranged wife of an internationally known pianist has been indicted in Texas on capital murder charges in deaths of their two young daughters.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports (http://bit.ly/24lJTen ) the indictments accuse Sofya Tsygankova (tsih-GAN'-koh-vah) of suffocating 1-year-old Michaela Kholodenko (koh-loh-DEHN'-koh) and 5-year-old Nika Kholodenko with pillows March 17 at her home in suburban Benbrook.

The 32-year-old estranged wife of pianist Vadym (va-DEEM') Kholodenko pleaded not guilty to the charges and is jailed with bond set at $2 million. Her attorney has declined comment on the specific allegations.

The Ukrainian-born winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition discovered his daughters' bodies when he arrived at the home the girls shared with their mother to take them to school. Arrest affidavits say the girls were found on beds.

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Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, http://www.star-telegram.com