Published: Sun, August 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Man arrested after three girls found dead in Maryland home

Man arrested after three girls found dead in Maryland home

Antonio Williams, 25, has been arrested in connection with the gruesome murders of three young girls under the age of 10 who were found dead inside a Maryland home.

A 25-YEAR-OLD man has confessed to murdering his six-year-old sister and two young cousins in their beds in a crime that has shocked the US. Police did not release a motive for the killing on Saturday morning.

The suspect lived on the same block that the three children were found in, The Washington Post reported.

Prince George's County Deputy Chief Sammy Patel called the slayings "one of the most hard scenes" that the department's officers have encountered, and said the department will provide counseling services to responding officers, according to the Associated Press. They're the daughters of Williams' mother's cousin, according to the news station.

When the mother, Andrena Kelley, returned home from work early Friday morning, she discovered the girls in their beds, suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds.

Police announced Williams had been taken into custody around 11 p.m. Friday.

They were pronounced dead on the scene.

Assistant Police Chief Hector Velez said the entire community is mourning the "three lovely young children", The Washington Post reported. The three girls had suffered multiple stab wounds. Williams has been charged with three counts of murder, authorities said.

In a Friday interview, Donelan hesitated to disclose details about the investigation, saying that she didn't want to jeopardize it. Prince George County Police Chief Hector Velez noted, "I wear a uniform, but I am a father. We all feel this loss", Velez said.

"We have not determined who the person responsible is yet".

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