A 37-year-old man was in custody Tuesday following the deaths of his wife and their two children at their home in suburban Detroit, police said.
The bodies of a 37-year-old woman, a 2-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy were discovered by police Monday night, Eastpointe police Lt. Neil Childs said, and investigators were trying to determine the circumstances surrounding the deaths.
“We had no prior runs out there for domestic violence or anything of that nature,” Childs said. “As far as motive is concerned, we’re still investigating.”
Investigators were awaiting autopsy results before presenting the case to the Macomb County prosecutor’s office for review. The man was held for questioning and the causes of the deaths haven’t been released, Childs said.
Charges aren’t likely until Wednesday at the earliest, Childs said.
Officers discovered the bodies at the home in the eastern suburb after the woman’s sister called police. She couldn’t reach her sister, stopped by the home and saw cars in the driveway but didn’t get an answer at the door, Childs said.
“We went over to the home to do a well-being check,” Childs said. “The husband did open the door.”
Police went inside and found the woman and children dead. Her husband was taken into custody without incident, Childs said, and police weren’t looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.
Marline Carrick, who lives on the street, said she heard what sounded like gunfire coming from the house. She said a woman, later identified as the dead woman’s mother, was on the front lawn mourning the deaths.
Late Monday night, police cordoned off much of the street. JeQuita Breham was returning home from the store when she noticed the activity. After learning that three people were dead, the Detroit Public Schools worker burst into tears.
“I never actually would have imagined something like this happening,” Breham said. “It’s generally quiet here.”
Source: The AP