Four young children and their father were found slain in a home outside Atlanta early Thursday, and police say the mother—now charged with their deaths—was the one who called 911 to report the killings. The five were apparently stabbed to death. A fifth child, a 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 home in Loganville, Gwinnett County police Cpl. Michele Pihera told reporters at the scene. Police later charged 33-year-old Isabel Martinez with five counts of malice murder, five counts of murder, and six counts of aggravated assault, the AP reports. Police have not said whether she was injured and said a motive wasn't immediately known.
Pihera confirmed that the 4:47am 911 call came from an adult woman who was inside the home. Pihera says police believe the suspect made that call. The four children killed appear to be under age 10, Pihera said. Their slain father was in his mid-30s, she said. Some neighbors in the small, largely Hispanic neighborhood said they had no clue anything was amiss in the home until police mobbed the scene Thursday morning. The neighbors said the family had moved to the community recently, and their children seemed happy playing with other neighborhood kids. Victoria Nievs said the children's mother had recently suffered the death of her father.