A Georgia woman — allegedly depressed by the recent death of her father — is suspected of killing her husband and four children inside their suburban Atlanta home, police said.
A fifth child was found alive but badly wounded, and rushed to a local hospital, officials said.
Neighbors said the woman, whose identity has not been disclosed, had been severely depressed since the recent death of her father, who live in Mexico.
“She said her dad passed away months ago, she was in depression and we go to her house and pray sometimes for her dad,” neighbor Letty Perez told WSB-TV.
Police arrested the woman early Thursday at her Loganville home for what they dubbed a “horrendous crime.” Charges against her are pending
She might have been in the house with her dead family for several hours, officials said.
A Georgia woman was detained Thursday after her husband and four children were found dead inside their home, police said.
(Gwinnett Police Dept.)
“It’s reasonable to believe they were in the home all night,” Gwinnett County police cpl. Deon Washington told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The family moved from Illinois a month ago to a one-story home in Loganville — about 35 miles east of Atlanta — where they reportedly had family.
All children were under age 10, officials said, and the father was in his mid-30s. Their bodies were removed from the home at about 11:15 a.m. Thursday, the Journal Constitution reported.
A man at the scene identified himself as the killed father’s brother. He said nothing seemed wrong when he spoke to his ill-fated brother at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Journal Constitution reported.
Aside from her recent depression, Perez told WSB-TV that the woman appeared to be a “normal, like regular mother.”
“She was good, went to our church last weekend, she was there with us.”
The children were recently enrolled in an afterschool program and were getting to know people in the community, according to reports.
“Everyone is in complete shock,” Jim Hollandsworth, who runs the afterschool program, told the Journal Constitution. The last few weeks our staff has gotten to know these kids very well.”
With DAN GOOD