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1. Mum charged with five counts of murder after four young children and their father were found stabbed to death.
— Claire Simms (@Claire_FOX5) July 6, 2017
A mother has been charged with five counts of murder after four young children and their father were found slain in a home outside Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States.
Police say the mother rang 911 early on Thursday to report the killings.
The five victims were apparently stabbed to death while a fifth child, a girl, survived and was hospitalised with injuries described as serious, Fox 5 Atlanta reports.
The woman was detained by police after the bodies were found inside the home in Loganville, Gwinnett County police Corporal Michele Pihera told reporters at the scene.
Police later charged 33-year-old Isabel Martinez with five counts of malice murder, five counts of murder and six counts of aggravated assault.
Police have not said whether she was injured and said a motive wasn’t immediately known.
“Right now we believe we have everybody involved in this crime,” Pihera said.
She said early indications were that a knife was used to attack the five, though a medical examiner will make the final determination about the cause of death.
The four children killed appear to be under age 10, Pihera said. Their slain father was in his mid-30s.
Some neighbours in the small, largely Hispanic neighbourhood said they had no clue anything was amiss in the home until police mobbed the scene on Thursday morning.
They said the Spanish-speaking family had moved to the community recently, and their children seemed happy playing with other neighbourhood kids.
Jim Hollandsworth of The Path Project, a non-profit group running an after-school program the family’s children participated in, said the children spoke English as a second language but were fluent.