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Monday 18 December 2017

Mother arrested after four children and their father found stabbed to death

Emergency personnel at the scene in Loganville, Georgia (Gwinnett County Police Department/AP)
Emergency personnel at the scene in Loganville, Georgia (Gwinnett County Police Department/AP) Newsdesk Newsdesk

Police have found four young children and their father apparently stabbed to death in a home in the US state of Georgia and have taken the mother into custody.

She was detained by police after the bodies were found inside the home in Loganville, near Atlanta, Gwinnett County Police said.

"She was quickly taken into custody and right now she's at Gwinnett County Police Headquarters being interviewed," Corporal Michele Pihera said.

Officers have not said whether the woman was injured.

"Right now we believe we have everybody involved in this crime," Cpl Pihera said, adding that she does not want people in the community to think a dangerous person is at large.

Early indications are that a knife was used to attack the five, although a medical examiner will make the final determination about the case of death, she said.

The children who were found dead were all aged under 10, and another child was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

The woman is being interviewed by detectives, Cpl Pihera said, but no charges have been announced.

Police said in a statement that a woman inside the home called police to report a stabbing and officers answering the call found the five bodies inside.

They did not say whether the woman who placed the call was the same person they are interviewing.

Photos provided by the police department showed crime scene tape surrounding a single-storey home with white panelling in Loganville, about 30 miles east of Atlanta.

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