A Texas mother has been arrested and charged with stabbing five of her children, killing three of them, according to police.
Shamaiya Hall, 25, has been charged with three counts of capital murder and is currently being held on a $6 million bond, ABC affiliate WFAA-TV has reported.
The saga began after a Child Protective Services worker showed up at the suspect’s home in Italy, Texas unannounced Friday. According to reports, the worker suspected that Hall was visiting her children without supervision. When the worker arrived, Hall stabbed all five of her children aged six, five, five, six and 13 months.
Authorities were called to the scene where they found Hall’s 5-year-old twins and 6-year-old boy dead. Her other two children survived the attack and were rushed to a local hospital where they were treated for stab wounds. Their condition is unknown.
CPS officials told WFAA that Hall’s children were recently taken away from her and were under the care of another relative. Court documents show she was recently “arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after being accused of stabbing her sister’s boyfriend in 2017.”
And her twin sister, Troyshaye Mone Hall, was also arrested for stabbing her 7-year-old daughter to death in 2021, according to an affidavit.
In a statement, the public school district in Italy said that they are “deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred off-campus this evening. Words cannot express the overwhelming grief felt by the district and the community hearing of such a tragedy.”
The statement continued: We are a tight-knit, small community and as such many students will be impacted by this incident,” adding that “the District will be cooperating with local law enforcement regarding the investigation, however, all media inquiries should be directed to the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.”
Ellis County Judge Todd Little also said in a statement that: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and citizens of Italy.