A Texas mother was arrested for allegedly stabbing her five children – killing three of her own kids. The reported murders allegedly occurred during a visit from a Child Protective Service worker.
On Friday afternoon, a Texas Department of Child Protective Service worker arrived unannounced at the home of 25-year-old Shamaiya Hall in Italy, Texas. The CPS employee made the surprise visit to the home because there was reportedly suspicion that Hall was taking care of the children. CPS previously ordered the children to be under the guardianship of one of Hall's relatives, according to WFAA.
Hall allegedly stabbed all five of her children. The CPS worker – who was on the street outside the home during the alleged crime – immediately contacted 911 for help, according to the Ellis County Sheriff's Office.
Three elementary school-aged children were reportedly found stabbed to death inside the home. Two other of Hall's kids were transported by a local hospital to treat their stab wounds. The condition of the surviving children is not known. All five of the children were siblings.
CPS issued a statement on the reported filicide, "We are shocked by this incomprehensible tragedy, and already working with law enforcement to investigate how this happened, and why."
Ellis County Judge Todd Little said in a statement, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and citizens of Italy."
The Italy Independent School District said, "Italy ISD is deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred off-campus this evening. Words cannot express the overwhelming grief felt by the district and the community hearing of such a tragedy. We are a tight-knit, small community and as such many students will be impacted by this incident."
The school district said it would provide counselors to students or members of the community following the shocking deaths.
The investigation into the deadly stabbings is ongoing. The Italy Independent School District is cooperating with the police investigation.
Hall was arrested and charged with three counts of capital murder on Friday. Hall remained in the Ellis County Jail.
Arrest records obtained by WFAA show that Hall was arrested in October 2017 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly stabbing her sister's boyfriend in 2017.
The outlet also reported that Hall's twin sister, Troyshaye Mone Hall, was arrested in June 2021 for allegedly stabbing her 7-year-old daughter to death.
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