Mother charged in the stabbing deaths of four young children and their father in Georgia
Four young children and their father were found dead in a house outside Atlanta early Thursday morning, and police said the mother, who called 911 to report the murder, was charged with murder.
All five were stabbed to death. A fifth child, a 9-year-old girl, survived and was hospitalized with injuries described as serious, police said.
The woman was detained by police after the bodies were found inside the house in Loganville, Gwinnett County Cape police.
Michele Pihera to the reporters on the scene. Police then charged Isabel Martinez, 33, with five counts of malice murder, five counts of murder and six counts of aggravated assault.
“She was quickly placed in custody, and is now the headquarters of the Gwinnett County police, questioned,” said Pihera.
Police did not say if he was injured, but said he was cooperating with investigators, but did not establish a motive for the murders.
“At present, we believe we have all the people involved in this crime,” said Pihera, adding that she does not want people in the community to think of a dangerous person in general.
Pihera confirmed that the call to 911 came from an adult woman who was inside the house. Pihera said police believe the suspect made the call.
Pihera said the caller speaks Spanish, which prevented 911 operators from communicating with her.
The county sheriff’s office said Martinez was arrested by immigration and customs law in the United States, but gave no further details.
The first indications are that a knife is used to attack five, although a medical examiner makes the final decision on the cause of death, Pihera said.
The hospitalized girl, Diana Romero, was in a serious but stable condition Thursday night, police said.
The four dead children were identified as Isabela Martinez, 10; Dacota Romero, 7; Dillan Romero, 4; And Axel Romero, 2. His father died Martin Romero, 33, Pihera said.
Psychologists and others who study cases of accused mothers kill their children say that it is not as rare as people think.
But the media often focuses on dramatic cases like Andrea Yates, who was found not guilty on grounds of dementia for the 2001 drowning deaths of her five children.
Other cases receive less attention because when a woman sneaks in or out of a newborn, or neglects, she accuses child deaths, said Cheryl Meyer, a professor of psychology at Wright State University in Ohio.
He co-authored two books on mothers who killed children based on an analysis of nearly 1,000 cases in the 1990s. This amounts to a death every three days. In any case, the total based on media reports at the time underestimate the reality, he said.
In cases where mothers intentionally kill, Meyer said there is often other influence, such as mental health problems, postpartum depression or the loss of a loved one.
“We like to classify women as outcasts, who are not like us,” Meyer said. “I discovered that this was not the case.”
Police initially said in a statement that a woman inside the house called police at 16:47 on Thursday to report a stabbing and responding officers found the five bodies inside.
Outside the house one floor with white and black cladding shutters, neighbors sitting in their classes on Thursday. The crime scene tape surrounds the house and part of the court in the Loganville area, about 30 miles east of Atlanta.
Some neighbors of the small area, much of America, said he had no idea that nothing has happened in the house until police cornered the scene on Thursday morning.
Neighbors said the Spanish-speaking family had recently moved into the community and their children seemed happy to play with other children in the neighborhood.
Victoria Nievs said the mother of the children had recently suffered the death of her father.
Jim Hollandsworth is a Route Routine project, a non-profit organization that runs an after-school program that involved children from the family. He said the family was in the community for a few months.
While the children spoke English as a second language, he said, they did it on the tongue.
“It’s horrible, it’s devastating, everyone is completely shaken,” he said. “The children were engaged