Authorities said Monday that two Pennsylvania boys were on life support after their mother shot them in the head while they were sleeping.
The 9 and 13-year-old boys will remain hospitalized until their organs can be donated, a district attorney spokesman said Monday night.
Mr. Trinh Nguyen was charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of having a weapon. The Bucks County District Attorney’s office said she shot her two sons and tried to shoot her neighbor before fleeing in a white minivan.
County District Attorney Matt Weintraub said at a news conference Monday once the boys’ organs are transplanted, “we will upgrade these charges to two counts of homicide.”
Nguyen was arrested at approximately 11:30 a.m., approximately four hours after authorities responded to a 911 call from the neighbor, according to the district attorney’s office.
NBC Philadelphia captured video of her arrest, which showed her in what seemed to to be pajamas.
Nguyen is being held without bail, according to court records.
Authorities were dispatched to a home in Upper Makefield Township shortly after 7 a.m. after a man reported that he was leaving for work when his neighbor, Nguyen, approached him with a box of photographs.
According to the affidavit, Nguyen requested that he deliver the photos to her ex-husband, with whom the neighbor works with.
When the neighbor turned around, Nguyen allegedly pointed a black revolver at his face and pulled the trigger. It states that the gun did not fire.
The neighbor bear-hugged and disarmed Nguyen, who claimed the gun was empty — despite the fact that several rounds were discovered in the chamber, according to the affidavit.
After Nguyen fled and the neighbor alerted authority, officers searched her home and discovered the two children.