A Michigan man has been arrested for killing his four children and leaving his wife seriously injured on Wednesday morning, police said.
Authorities say the suspect, who has not been identified, called police after the murders at about 1 a.m. At his home in Dearborn Heights, responding officers found four children between the ages of 4 and 19 dead.
Police said the murders were part of a domestic violence-related incident.
The suspect told officials he had harmed his family, and he was arrested without incident, according to the Detroit News.
Two of the man’s children, a 4-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, were asphyxiated with carbon monoxide, while the 17-year-old and 19-year-old, who were reportedly stepchildren, were shot and found bound in the basement, Lt. Michael Krause told the Detroit News.
The mother of the children and the suspect’s wife, Faith Green, was in stable condition at the hospital, police said. She was reportedly stabbed and shot.
“This is a very rare occurrence and it’s just difficult to understand and the motivation,” Dearborn Heights Mayor Daniel S. Paletko said. “I don’t understand what happened in this house, but it’s a super tragedy … As a father … I think we can all appreciate how important one’s kids are.”
Police said they are still investigating the crimes.
“In my 30 years of law enforcement I can’t recall a crime of this magnitude happening in the city of Dearborn Heights,” Capt. Michael Petri said
The father is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.