Gwinnett child slayings likely among deadliest in recent U.S. history

Investigators gather at the home where four children and their father were stabbed to death on July 6, 2017 on Emory Lane in Loganville. A fifth child was hospitalized with serious injuries. (John Spink /

Four young children were found dead inside their Gwinnett County home Thursday morning, a fifth sibling taken to the hospital in unknown condition. The children's father was also stabbed to death, police said, and their mother was taken into custody.

Authorities called the killings inside a mobile home near Loganville "horrendous" — and the incident may indeed be one of the deadliest involving children and their parents in the country's recent history.

In South Carolina in 2014, a man named Timothy Ray Jones Jr.  allegedly killed his five children, ages 1 through 8. He then drove them to Alabama, where he buried them. He reportedly claimed the children were planning to kill him.

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In California in 2004, a man named Marcus Wesson shot and killed nine of his children and grandchildren, who ranged in age from 1 to 25.

In Texas in 2001, Andrea Yates, who had a history of mental illness and was later found not guilty by reason of insanity, drowned her five children in a bathtub. They ranged in age from six months to 7 years.

Georgia — and Gwinnett County itself — have also been home to high-profile cases involving the deaths of multiple children.

Editor’s note: This story previously provided the incorrect date for the Andrea Yates incident in Texas. The date above is correct.


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