Father arrested for killing his four children and shooting their mother

DEARBORN HEIGHTS , Mich., Sept. 21 (UPI) — A man was arrested in Dearborn Heights, Mich., after allegedly killing two teenagers and two children and shooting their mother, police said.

Two people, ages 17 and 19, were found shot and killed inside a home in the Detroit suburb, and two children 4 and 6, were found dead, killed by carbon monoxide from car exhaust and then placed in their beds, WXYZ-TV, Detroit, reported Tuesday. Their mother was shot and hospitalized in critical condition.

The unidentified suspect is the stepfather of the children and father of the teens, police said, adding the situation late Tuesday began with a domestic violence incident. The suspect called 911 early Wednesday to say he harmed his family, and waited on his front porch for the arrival of police.

Neighbors described the family as quiet.

“They [the family] just had a birthday party for one of them out here. All the relatives were here. They had two or three parties this summer where they had get-togethers. I figured they were a normal family,” neighbor Ronnie Jones told WWJ-AM, Detroit, pointing to a backyard patio still adorned with birthday party decorations.

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