Police file 5 murder charges against mother in Gwinnett Co stabbings

In this photo provided by the Gwinnett County Police Department, emergency personnel work at the scene where police found multiple people stabbed to death in Loganville, Ga., Thursday, July 6, 2017. (Gwinnett County Police Department via AP)


07/06/17 3:35 p.m. — Police in metro Atlanta have filed murder charges against a mother suspected of fatally stabbing four of her children and the children’s father.

Police in metro Atlanta have filed murder charges against a mother suspected of fatally stabbing four of her children and the children’s father.

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office says 33-year-old Isabel Martinez is being held without bond at the county jail. Authorities say Martinez faces five counts of malice murder along with five counts of murder and six counts of aggravated assault.

Police have said all four of the children were younger than 10 years old and were found dead early Thursday at a home in Loganville where the family lived.

A girl survived but was seriously injured. Police said they received a 911 call from a woman who was speaking Spanish and was inside the house. They believe Martinez made that call.


LOGANVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police found four young children and a man apparently stabbed to death in a home outside Atlanta and took the mother into custody early Thursday.

An adult described as the mother was detained by police after the bodies were found inside the home in Loganville, Gwinnett County police Cpl. Michele Pihera told reporters at the scene.

“She was quickly taken into custody and right now she’s at Gwinnett County Police Headquarters being interviewed,” Pihera said. Police have not said whether the woman was injured.

“Right now we believe we have everybody involved in this crime,” she said, adding that she does not want people in the community to think that a dangerous person is at large.

Early indications are that a knife was used to attack the five, though a medical examiner will make the final determination about the case of death, she said.

Another child was taken to a hospital with injuries they describe as serious, police said.

The woman was being interviewed by detectives, Pihera said. No charges have been announced.

Police said in a statement that a woman inside the home called police at 4:47 a.m. Thursday to report a stabbing and officers answering the call found the five bodies inside. They did not say whether the woman who placed the call was the same person they are now interviewing.

Police said it wasn’t known whether the dead man was the children’s biological father. But police said they believe the family all lived together at the house.

Police said a motive wasn’t immediately known, and the children’s ages weren’t immediately available.

Photos provided by the police department showed crime scene tape surrounding a single-story home with white paneling in a subdivision in Loganville, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of Atlanta.

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