Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division are investigating a double homicide that was discovered this morning in Germantown.
On Friday, January 17 at approximately 9:30 a.m., 5th District patrol officers were dispatched to a suspicious situation in the 19000 block of Cherry Bend Drive in Germantown. A resident of the neighborhood had called 911 after they noticed a vehicle with the door open and a knife laying outside of the vehicle.
Officers subsequently made entry into a nearby townhouse where they found two adult females and four children. One of the adults fled out a rear door but was quickly taken into custody. Two of the children were pronounced deceased. The other two children, along with the other adult female, were transported to local hospitals for treatment.
It was determined that officers had been dispatched to this residence last night after a resident noticed an unattended child in a car. Prior to officers arriving, two women exited the townhouse, retrieved the child, and re-entered the home. Officers attempted to speak with the residents but received no response at the door. Montgomery County Child Protective Services was notified about the report and was asked to follow up on this incident.
Detectives have determined that one of the women in the residence is the 28-year-old mother of all four children (taken into custody). The other woman, age 21, is not believed to be a family member but is believed to have lived at the residence. The identities and ages of those involved will be released following next of kin notification.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call detectives at the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. Callers that wish to remain anonymous should call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or leave a tip online here.
Updated information 1/17/14 10:50pm:
Detectives confirm slain children on Cherry Bend Drive are 1-yr-old boy and 2-yr-old girl. 5-yr-old girl and 8-yr-old boy are hospitalized.