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Father, four children stabbed to death; Mother in custody

Posted July 6

— A mother has been taken into custody after her husband and four young children were found stabbed to death early Thursday morning, according to Gwinnett County Police.

The Gwinnett County Police Department is currently at a home at 509 Emory Lane in unincorporated Loganville in reference to a stabbing call.

At 4:47 a.m., a woman called 911 and said several people had been stabbed. When officers arrived, they found one adult male and four children deceased.

A fifth child was found suffering from serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital, police said.

"We have an adult female detained," Gwinnett Police Cpl. Michele Pihera said. "It's safe to say she's the wife and mother of the people who resided inside the home."

Cpl. Pihera said the suspect was taken to Gwinnett County Police headquarters, where she's being questioned. Details of the interview are not being released at this time.

Police said all of the children appear to be under the age of 10. The male victim was in his mid-30s. The suspect confirmed to police that she is the mother to all the children -- and the male victim was the father. The family all resided together at the house.

A search warrant was obtained and detectives along with crime scene personnel are still inside the house processing the evidence and taking photographs. Police said additional detectives are interviewing neighbors about the family.

Pihera said the deceased victims are still inside the home. After the scene has been processed, the Medical Examiner's Office will remove the bodies and conduct autopsies to conclusively determine how each of the victims died, she said.

"This is a horrendous crime," Pihera said. "What prompts a person to take the life of such innocent children and her spouse is something we may never understand."

"We are hoping and praying that the remaining victim survives his/her injuries and makes a full recovery," she added.

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