CLINTON, Md. – Three girls under the age of 10 were killed inside of a home in Clinton, Maryland on Friday morning, according to investigators.
Prince George’s County Police Department say officers got a call at about 7:30 am from a family member who discovered the three bodies inside of a home in the 6400 block of Brooke Jane Drive. When officers arrived at the home, they met with members of the family and found the bodies of three children inside.
Speaking with reporters Friday afternoon, police stressed that while they can’t give many details about the case, they wanted residents to know that it appears the crime does not present a threat to anyone else in the neighborhood and is only related to the house where it happened. Some residents have expressed concern for the safety of their own children, and police wanted them to know they don’t believe there is any threat to other neighbors.
“I’m still shaking because of the fact that there are three children dead in my neighborhood,” neighbor James Pinkney told FOX 5. “I have a daughter, also my neighbors, they have children, so this is horrific. I can’t even go to work today because I have a child here and there’s a murderer out here.”
Prince George’s County Deputy Chief Sammy Patel confirmed the victims are three young children. He wouldn’t give specifics about their identities, but he did confirm that all three victims are girls younger than 10. They were pronounced dead at the scene, and homicide investigators continue working at the house.
Patel said investigators are also speaking with family members at police headquarters, but would not give any further details as to how they were related to the victims. He added that they believe they have made contact with a parent, but couldn’t say any more than that.
Prince George’s County Police Assistant Chief Hector Velez said the entire force was mourning the tragic loss of three young lives, and investigators will work tirelessly to find the person or people responsible.
“I wear a uniform but I am a father. Those who responded here today are parents, aunts, uncles and siblings of young children who they care for and love very much. We all feel this loss,” Velez said.
Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks appeared at Friday afternoon’s news conference alongside police. She said people in Prince George’s County again woken up to another nightmare and they are heartbroken.
“They are not alone in their grief. We are grieving together,” Alsobrooks said, adding that the rash of violence in the county and the country needs to end.
In an earlier update Friday morning, Prince George’s County Police spokesperson Jennifer Donelan said the scene inside the home was gruesome. All three victims had suffered from trauma to the body.
“This is one of the the most difficult scenes that our officers arrived on,” Donelan said, adding that the neighborhood where the children were found was quiet.
Anyone with information that could aid detectives in their investigation was urged to call Crime Solvers at (866) 411-8477.