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Sister of Moe Gibbs faces charges

EAST GRAND FORKS - Convicted murderer Moe Gibbs' sister has been charged in Polk County, Minn., with two counts of attempted murder for trying to kill her daughters during a suicide attempt.

Authorities found Breezetta Etienne, 31, and her two daughters, ages 3 and 4, Sunday after her estranged husband alerted them about text messages from his wife.

He received one at 6:39 p.m. Sunday saying "kids already drowsy amazing its so fast" and another two minutes later saying "my head s foge," according to court documents.

All three were conscious when police arrived. The two children were taken to a hospital and treated and released.

A Polk County District Court complaint states:

Police found Etienne and her daughters about 7:20 p.m. inside a running SUV in the garage of their East Grand Forks home. The garage door was shut and a hose connected to the vehicle's exhaust pipe had been placed inside the SUV through a hatchback door.

When officers arrived, Etienne opened the garage door and tried to drive away. She stopped and unlocked the doors after an officer pointed his gun at her and ordered her to do so.

Four children's books and a cell phone were found in the back-seat area. An open beer bottle was found on the front passenger seat. A suicide note found on the center console read:

"The most beautiful thing in the world to me are my precious daughters. God forgives yet likely not this. Satan has won. Lord forgive my weaknesses my confusion and my filthy sin."

Etienne told officers her children were inside the vehicle for about 20 minutes.

A carbon monoxide detector went off and registered over the limit when authorities tested the level of gas going from the hose into the SUV.

Two days before the incident, Etienne sent her husband a text message: "I'm going to put the girls in the car and drive off a bridge."

Etienne is undergoing a psychological evaluation at a hospital in Thief River Falls, Minn., and is not under arrest, according to East Grand Forks police.

Etienne has been outspoken about her brother's innocence and was a constant fixture at his two trials.

She was notably absent toward the end of Gibbs' second murder trial for Mindy Morgenstern's 2006 death in Burleigh County, N.D. At the time, she was being investigated by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Grand Forks (N.D.) Air Force Base Office of Special Investigations for alleged criminal conduct, according to Staff Sgt. Amanda Callahan of the base's Office of Public Affairs.

The investigation began Nov. 7 and ended this spring. On May 14, Sgt. James Croxon said it was no longer active. He said details of the investigation could not be released.

A court date for the two felony first-degree attempted murder charges has not yet been set. Both carry up to 20 years in prison.