Georgia mother accused of killing family appears in court

Georgia mother accused of killing family appears in court

The mother accused of fatally stabbing four of her children and their father appeared to pray, smiled, and gave a thumbs-up to cameras during a freaky court appearance Friday in Georgia.

Martinez was given no bond and declined a court-appointed attorney, explaining through an interpreter that she would be represented by "the people".

"What prompts a person to take the life of such innocent children and her spouse is something we may never understand", the Gwinnett County police said in a statement.

Reports have stated the family lived in a tight-knit immigrant community in Gwinnett County. Only 9-year-old Diana Romero survived the attack, and she is recovering at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

The Sheriff's Office identified the victims on Thursday night as 33-year-old Martin Romero, 10-year-old Isabela Martinez, seven-year-old DAcota Romero, four-year-old Dillan Romero and two-year-old Axel Romero. She is now being held on an immigration detainer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The mom charged with killing four of her young children and her husband made a series of weird poses to news cameras in court on Friday.

The previous afternoon, around 2 p.m., Romero's brother Martin called to say he was back at the Loganville mobile home after a long weekend at the beach with the five children he was raising with their mother, Isabel Martinez.

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Martinez is from Mexico and no one knows from how much time, she has been staying in the United States Of America.

"They (said) they are OK", Romero said, quietly. According to a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for funerals and medical costs, Diana has gone through surgery and will likely remain in the hospital for a few weeks before starting physical therapy.

"She'll be evaluated and whatever comes out of that is how we'll proceed", Vandever said.

Martinez wagged her finger at the judge and shook her head "no" as Thorpe listed the charges against her, including five counts of murder and malice murder along with six counts of aggravated assault, according to the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, police have said that the mother was cooperating in the investigation but has yet to offer any explanation for the killings. "She seemed so normal, like a regular mother", Letty Perez told the news station.

The neighbors said the Spanish-speaking family had moved to the community recently, and their children seemed happy playing with other neighborhood kids.

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