Mother in custody for allegedly stabbing her five young children, killing three, when CPS worker checked on her for making unsupervised visits at Texas home
- Shamaiya Hall, 25, allegedly stabbed her five children and killed three of them
- The two surviving children were airlifted to hospital and their condition is currently unknown
- The horror unfolded when a CPS employee made a surprise visit to the children’s home
A mother has been arrested for allegedly stabbing and killing three of her five young children when a child protection officer made a surprise visit to their home.
The children, who were all elementary school age, were tragically found with knife wounds in their home in Italy, Texas, leading to the arrest of 25-year-old Shamaiya Hall.
The two surviving children were taken to hospital by helicopter and their condition is currently unknown.
Sources within the CPS say Hall stabbed her children when the officer arrived unannounced at the property Friday after suspecting she had unsupervised visitors with them, reports WFAA.
They were under the custody of another family member, who has not been named, after being removed from Hall’s care by the CPS.
Shamaiya Hall, 25, (pictured) is in custody after allegedly stabbing her five children and killing three of them
Two of the children were taken to hospital with stab wounds after the horror and their condition is unknown
The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office said the child protective officer frantically called 911 for help after making the tragic discovery during their unexpected visit.
Hall was subsequently arrested around 11 p.m. Friday night. The 25-year-old now faces three counts of capital murder and is in custody at the Ellis County Jail.
She reportedly did not live at the home in Italy, Texas, about 40 miles south of Dallas.
Following the horror, the CPS said in a statement: “We are shocked by this incomprehensible tragedy and are already working with law enforcement to investigate how this happened and why.”
A family member who babysat the children paid a heartbreaking tribute to the youngsters on the scene, saying she remembers holding them when they were babies.
“I just want everyone to know they were beautiful angels,” she said.
“I loved them…they grew wings. This is something, it hurts so much.’
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and citizens of Italy,” Ellis County Judge Todd Little added.
A relative who babysat the kids paid a heartbreaking tribute on the spot, describing them as “beautiful angels”
The horror took place at the children’s home in Italy, Texas, about 40 miles south of Dallas
The investigation into the incident is still ongoing after Hall’s arrest Thursday evening
Rachel Kistner, Superintendent of the Italian School District, said: “Words cannot express the overwhelming sadness that the district and community feel at hearing such a tragedy.
“We are a tight-knit, small community, so many students will be affected by this incident.”
She added that the district would provide counselors at Stafford Elementary children’s school.
Investigations into the incident are ongoing as law enforcement officials try to figure out how the tragedy unfolded.