After Boy's Call, 4 Found Dead in Texas Home
9-year-old apparently the only witness to what happened: police
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 29, 2014 2:33 AM CST
Police found four people dead in a Crowley, Texas, home.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Police found two women, a man, and a girl younger than 16 dead in a small-town Texas home yesterday. They were responding after a 9-year-old boy called a relative, saying that a man at the house had attempted suicide, the Dallas Morning News reports. The dead appeared to have suffered trauma, but police aren't currently calling the incident a murder-suicide. "At this point we don’t know exactly what happened out there," says Crowley Police Chief Luis Soler. The victims appear to be "a family unit."

"The 9-year-old was at the residence when all this went down," says Soler, per NBC 5. "That child is fine and in protective custody with us. We’re talking with the child and doing forensic evidence to determine what exactly happened, because, at this point, it seems he was the only witness." The call, he says, was the kind "any police officer, fireman, or paramedic dreads to get, especially during the holiday season … This will have a huge impact in the tight knit community." There were no previous police-related incidents at the house, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.