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'Horrifying': Mother of Dead, Injured Germantown Children in Custody

The mother of two dead and two injured children is in custody and no other suspects are believed to be at large, Montgomery County police said.

Montgomery County Police Cpt. Jim Daly gives preliminary details of a double-murder in Germantown on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. Tiffany Arnold | PATCH
Montgomery County Police Cpt. Jim Daly gives preliminary details of a double-murder in Germantown on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. Tiffany Arnold | PATCH

By Tiffany Arnold

(Updated 2:48 a.m.) Two children were found dead in a Germantown home Friday morning in a gruesome scene that police are now calling a homicide investigation.

“The reaction is kind of horrifying to any father, any grandfather—I fit in both categories,” said John McCarthy, State’s Attorney for Montgomery County.

McCarthy spoke to reporters with tears in his eyes as police processed the crime scene.

“It’s a hard case,” McCarthy said.

The bodies of a 1-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl were found on the second floor of a townhouse in the 19000 block of Cherry Bend Drive. Police said a 5-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy were found injured and were taken to the hospital in serious and critical condition. A woman was hospitalized for minor injuries, according to Montgomery County Police Cpt. Jim Daly, a police spokesman.

Daly said the condition of the children seemed to be “improving.”

The police discovered the bodies after receiving a 911 call from a neighbor at around 9:30 a.m. The neighbor saw a vehicle with its door open and a knife laying outside of the vehicle.

When officers arrived, a woman tried to run out of the back door and was taken into custody for questioning, Daly said.

Friday afternoon the department's website said the woman in custody is 28 years old and the mother of all four children. The other woman, age 21, is not believed to be a family member, but is thought to have lived at the residence.

The identities of those involved will be released following next of kin notification, police said.

No charges have been filed as of Friday night. 

“We do not have an active search at this point,” Daly said “We have accounted for all those who were involved. We have no indication that this was a stranger-based crime or that there's a danger to the neighborhood at this point.”

Details about how the children died have not been released.

Police Visited House Thursday Night

Daly said the chain of events may have begun the night before. Neighbors described hearing at least two scuffles Thursday night.

Sometime between 9:30 and 10 p.m. Thursday, a neighbor called police to report seeing a child unattended in a vehicle for a long period of time outside the residence. But before police arrived, two women reportedly came outside and brought the child indoors.

No one responded when police knocked on the door. 

"Without any other information, officers had no other choice but to clear the scene," Daly said.

Police requested that Child Protective Services check on the house in the morning, according to Daly. 

Friday morning, a neighbor called 911 to report that there appeared to be blood near the same vehicle, which had one of its doors open.

Daly said the keys were left in the car and officers used them to enter the home, where they made the horrific discovery.

“It's almost impossible to tell what happened here,” McCarthy said. “There are far more questions than answers.”

Ed. note: Police have since charged the mother and released her identity and the identities of all four children. Read more on Patch. 

PansyAston January 18, 2014 at 07:46 AM
The knife was lying, not laying.....and it is tragic DFS didn't get there in time....
Polly January 18, 2014 at 08:37 AM
Dear God, what is going on with people? Who kills children? This just breaks my heart. I pray for the survival of the 2 older children. smh
DC January 18, 2014 at 09:46 AM
At PansyAston - no, the knife was "laying". Objects "lay", people and animals "lie" down.
mvikib57 January 18, 2014 at 10:09 AM
@Pansy - you read this story and were concerned about the grammatical context???
John Naughton January 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Polly asks, "Who would kill children?", and the scene is described as "horrifying" and "grusome", and indeed it must be. But killing children is routine at Carhart's abortuary just off Wisteria Dr. in Germantown. Many of the children he kills by injecting them with medication designed to give them a painful heart attack could survive outside the womb. After the baby is killed he lets the baby slow cook in the womb to soften its body so it is easy to tear apart when removing it from the womb. He will kill children right up to the time they will be born. A baby of 33-week gestation was killed last year and her mother also died from the procedure. The only difference between the slaughter in the news and what goes on four and five days a week at Carhart's abortuary is killing children is legal at the abortuary.
Sharon January 18, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Good Lord, people!! Two innocent children have been killed, basically butchered and you are squabbling over grammar issues. Get a grip on the horrendous reality of what has happened in Germantown. Update: http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Mother-Charged-with-Murder-in-Deaths-of-Children-240999121.html?_osource=SocialFlowFB_DCBrand
Missy February 02, 2014 at 07:27 AM
Is it illegal to give your kids away? Because I would take them. If you're seriously that desperate & insane, why not just leave them in a hospital or at the police station, or give them to someone that looks more sane than you are while you're at the grocery store?

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