Police Say 4 Children, 1 Man Found Stabbed to Death at Home

Mom arrested after 4 kids and dad found stabbed to death in home

A fifth child in the home was rushed to a hospital with serious injuries, police said. The suspect confirmed to police that she is the mother to all the children - and the male victim was the father.

All of the children were under 10 years old. No charges have been announced.

Cpl. Pihera said the woman was taken to Gwinnett County Police headquarters, where she's being questioned. It's also been suggested by neighbors that the mother may have waited as long as 24 hours with the victims before police were called.

Pihera told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the language barrier initially made it hard to communicate. The county sheriff's office said Martinez was being held for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement but did not provide further details.




Police arrested the woman early Thursday at her Loganville home for what they dubbed a "horrendous crime".

Photos provided by the police department showed crime scene tape surrounding a single-storey home with white panelling in Loganville, about 30 miles east of Atlanta. The family has lived in the quiet community for three or four months, according to neighbor Jim Hollandsworth, who works at an after-school program the children had attended. The woman's father recently died.

Jim Hollandsworth is spokesman at The Path Project, a non-profit organization that runs an after-school program that the family's children participated in. While the children spoke English as a second language, he said, they were fluent. "They were happy. They were fantastic kids with a bright future".

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