Sole Surviving Child Describes Mother's Alleged Rampage

Diana Romero says her mother told her she was going to see Jesus
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 20, 2017 5:45 PM CDT
Sole Surviving Child Describe's Mother's Alleged Rampage
Family members mourn in front of the caskets of Martin Romero, 33, and four of his children, who were stabbed to death in Georgia last week, before the funeral mass at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Lawrenceville, Ga., Thursday, July 13, 2017. Police have said Romero's wife Isabel Martinez is accused...   (Hyosub Shin)

Everyone was asleep when Isabel Martinez began stabbing her children and then fatally stabbed her husband as he tried to seek help, her daughter told a child welfare caseworker, the AP reports. Diana Romero, 9, said her mother told her she loved her and asked for forgiveness before cutting her. Martinez told the girl she was "going to the sky to see Jesus," and the girl cried and told her mother she didn't want to go see Jesus. A report from the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, includes a caseworker's notes from a July 10 interview with Diana Romero, as well as notes from a jailhouse interview earlier that day with Martinez, who faces charges including murder and aggravated assault in the July 6 deaths of her husband and four of her children.

Diana told the caseworker about a recent overnight trip to Savannah, where she said she had fun playing in the water. Her mother behaved normally on the trip and when they returned home, and her parents didn't get upset with each other during the trip, she said. Martinez, 33, also talked to the caseworker about the getaway, saying that while they were there "the waves attempted to take her away and her children and she just wanted to save them." She didn't feel comfortable in Savannah and asked her husband to take her home because she felt a "devil-like spirit" there, she said. After Diana had been cut, her mother brought her into the bedroom where her husband, Martin Romero, was sleeping to show him what had happened, Diana said. When Romero, 33, tried to get help, Martinez stabbed him, Diana said. Martinez said a family friend, whom she repeatedly declined to identify, who frequently visits the house was the one who stabbed her husband and children and cut her wrist when she tried to stop him. (More murder stories.)

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