In a tragic turn of events, three children are dead after allegedly being stabbed to death by their mother, and another two are injured, according to a news release by the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.
The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office arrested Shamaiya Deyonshana Hall after she allegedly stabbed three of her children to death and injured two others.
The incident took place in Italy, Texas, about a 50-minute drive south of Dallas on Friday, March 3, according to police.
Officers from the Italy Police Department initially responded to a call from a Texas Child Protective Services (TCPS) caseworker who was conducting a home visit.
The officers arrived at the scene of the 300 block of Harris Street at approximately 4:05 p.m. The TCPS caseworker called 911 at 4 p.m., according to the release.
When officers arrived, they found five children inside the home. Three of those children, one boy, age 6, and 5-year-old twins, a girl and a boy, were deceased inside the home.
The two other children, a 4-year-old boy and a 13-month-old girl, were seriously wounded.
Both children were transported to hospitals for treatment.
One child was transported to Cooks Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, and the other was transported to Dallas.
Hall was taken into custody by the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office and transported to Wayne McCollum Detention Center. She has been charged with three counts of capital murder.
Her bond has been set at $6 million, $2 million for each charge.
The investigation is ongoing, and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office took to Facebook to thank everyone involved.
“We would like to thank the following for their assistance during this difficult investigation: the Italy Police Department, Milford Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Ellis County Constable Precinct 2, the Ellis County District Attorney’s office, Italy ISD personnel, [the] Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, American Medical Response Ambulance Services, and Air Evac,” the statement read.
“We ask for you to keep the family, the community of Italy, and first responders in your thoughts and prayers during this tragic time.”
In nearby Dallas, the occurrence of violent crimes continues to rise. Violent crimes such as murder and nonnegligent manslaughter have increased 10% year-to-date, according to the Dallas Police Crime Brief.
OMGosh my heart hurts. Bless their tiny hearts. How I hope those little ones didn’t suffer. Mentally ill mothers should NEVER be allowed to be alone with helpless children! 😢😢😢😢😢