GEORGIA- Isabel Martinez from Gwinnett County, GA was charged with multiple counts of murder in the stabbing deaths of four of her children and their father.
Police identified the victims late Thursday afternoon. The father was 33-year-old Martin Romero, and the four children were 2-year-old Axel, 4-year-old Dillan, 7-year-old Dacota and 10-year-old Isabela.
A fifth child, Diana, age 9, was also stabbed and flown by helicopter to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She survived the attack. According to a GoFundMe page set up by a relative of Martin Romero, Diana is expected to stay hospitalized for another three weeks.
On Thursday at 4:47 a.m, Martinez called 911 to report the murders she committed. Authorities charged her with five counts of murder, and six counts of aggravated assault. She is being held at the Gwinnett County jail.
Although her immigration status was not revealed, the mother spoke Spanish and the language barrier initially made it difficult to communicate, a police spokeswoman said. Odds are she is an illegal alien.
“What prompts a person to take the life of such innocent children and her spouse is something we may never understand,” Gwinnett police said in an emailed statement. “This is a horrendous crime not only for the victims but for the extended family, neighborhood and community. We are hoping and praying that the remaining victim survives his/her injuries and makes a full recovery.”
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