Memphis Massacre Kids Under Guard

Three wounded survivors under tight protection; victims had troubled pasts
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2008 9:52 AM CST
This undated handout arrest photo provided by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office in Memphis, Tenn., shows Cecil Dotson. Dotson, 30, is one of four adults police say were found slain in a Memphis home...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Memphis police are keeping a tight watch on three seriously wounded children who could be key to solving the murder of six people—including two other kids—at a brick house in a tough neighborhood over the weekend. Police aren’t allowing any visitors, including relatives. They’ve also declined to identify the children, slain or living.

“We don’t know who’s in the hospital. We don’t know who’s alive. "It’s depressing,” said the sister of Cecil Dotson, one of the adult victims. She said Dotson, who was renting the apartment, was the father of all five children in the house at the time. All the adult victims had police records, including assaults, armed robberies, drug possession, prostitution, forgery, burglary, and unlawful gun possession. The children ranged in ages from 9 years to 2 months old. (Read more Memphis stories.)