2 children dead, 3 injured at Germantown home

GERMANTOWN, Md. - Two children were found dead and two children and an adult were found injured in a home in Germantown on Friday morning, hours after police had been called there for a report of a young child alone in a car.

Montgomery County police said a neighbor called Friday morning to report that the same car in Thursday night's incident had its door open. The neighbor saw what appeared to be blood.

Police spokesman Capt. Jim Daly said police entered the home and found six people, the four children and two women. One of the women was being treated at the hospital. The other woman was in custody. Police caught her after she ran out the back door of the home, he said.

Daley could not say how the children were killed and the others injured. He said it is "too early to tell the exact nature of the injuries."

Police believe all the children involved are under the age of 10. Daly said a boy and a girl were taken to the hospital. The relationships among the people are unclear.

"We have no indication that this is a stranger-based crime or there's a danger to the neighborhood at this point," he said.

Daly said two of the children were found upstairs in the home but he didn't know where.

"We have a very bloody scene," he said.

Daly said police were called to the home Thursday evening when a neighbor reported a young child alone in a small blue car. He said by the time police arrived, however, the child was no longer there. He said police knocked on the door of the home, but no one answered.

Daly said neighbors described a "commotion" coming from the home on two occasions in the overnight hours but no one called police.

State's Attorney John McCarthy was at the scene.

"There are far more questions than answers," he said.

The community of townhomes is about 30 miles northwest of Washington.


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