Little Girl Is Only Survivor After Mom Allegedly Stabbed Dad and Her 4 Siblings to Death
Four children and a man were found stabbed to death in a Loganville on Thursday morning
A Georgia woman was detained on Thursday after police found her husband and four of their five children stabbed to death in their Loganville home, authorities announced.
Gwinnett County police said they received the call at around 4:45 a.m. and arrived at the family’s Emory Lane house to find four young children and one man dead of stab wounds.
“Fortunately, they found one additional child who was still alive suffering from serious conditions,” police told PEOPLE in a statement.
The unnamed child was taken to a hospital, police said. Her condition is unknown, but police said in a tweet that the girl is still alive.
Authorities announced that all of the children were under age 10 and the man was in his mid-30s. The mother is considered a suspect in the killings.
Officials have not identified a motive for the crime, according to WSB-TV.
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The woman was taken into custody, and charges are pending, police said in the statement.
“What prompts a person to take the life of such innocent children and her spouse is something we may never understand,” officials said in the statement. “This is a horrendous crime not only for the victims but for the extended family, neighborhood and community.”
Authorities added: “We are hoping and praying that the remaining victim survives his/her injuries and makes a full recovery.”
A neighbor told WSB-TV that the mother had allegedly been in the home with her dead family for at least 24 hours before police were called.
Neither the victims nor the suspect have been identified.
A man who described himself as the deceased man’s brother told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he last spoke with the man Wednesday afternoon and everything seemed okay.
A local resident, Jim Hollandsworth, said that the family had just moved to the area and the children were involved in his afterschool program.
“Everyone is in complete shock,” Hollandsworth told the Journal-Constitution, describing the kids as “great” and “happy.” “The last few weeks our staff has gotten to know these kids very well.”
Loganville is about 35 miles northeast of Atlanta.