A MOTHER has been arrested after three young children died and several others were injured in a house fire.
Darlene Brister, 40, tried to stab her while the house was on fire, police say.
A neighbor alerted police by calling 911 just before 9:30 p.m. Friday following a domestic disturbance and noticing smoke and flames billowing from the windows of a home on Woodwind Drive in Paulding County, Georgia.
According to police, seven children were in the house when the fire broke out.
Authorities said it was initially reported that a woman who was inside the house attempted to stab the residents and that at the time of the call the house was on fire and the residents were inside.
When firefighters got to the home, they found two young children who were unresponsive.
Police said an infant and another child, aged 3 to 5, were found with burns at the top of the stairs inside the house.
A third child, between the ages of 5 and 6, was flown to Grady Hospital with 75 percent burns, according to police.
A fourth child, aged 7-8 years, was taken to Wellstar Cobb Hospital.
Police also said three other children, aged between 14 and 16, jumped from a second-story window to escape the fire.
One child sustained an ankle injury, the other two were unharmed.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Brister, the children’s mother, after finding her unharmed in the backyard of the home.
She faces two counts of malicious murder, but police said it was likely more charges would follow as the case was investigated.
The investigation is being conducted by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Paulding County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Department at (770) 443-3047 or through the Paulding County Sheriff’s mobile app.
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https://www.the-sun.com/news/5642629/kids-die-house-fire-mom-attempted-stabbing/ Three children die in Paulding County house fire and two injured after mother tried to stab them as house was on fire.