Mom Shows Bizarre Behavior While in Court for Killing Children and Husband
Jul 09 2017
She is facing five counts of murder and six counts of aggravated assault.
"Ma'am, I'm going to caution you to cut out the display for the cameras".
Her behavior in court Friday was weird and erratic as she smiled to the media and gave two thumbs-up to the cameras.
Police have not yet released why Martinez allegedly killed her family.
"This is a horrendous crime, not only for the victims but for the extended family, neighborhood and community", police said. The fifth child who was taken to the hospital has been identified as 9-year-old Diana Romero.
She has also been put on an immigration hold. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman Bryan Cox has said that Martinez is a Mexican who illegally entered the US at an unspecified date.
Martinez qualified for a court-appointed attorney, but she said she did not need one.
Other cases get less attention, as when a woman kills a newborn or in children's deaths blamed on neglect, said Cheryl Meyer, a psychology professor at Wright State University in OH and co-author of two books on mothers who have killed children based on about 1,000 cases during the 1990s.
Jim Hollandsworth, co-founder of The Path Project, a nonprofit that runs an after-school program that Martinez's children participated in, said the Spanish-speaking family had moved to the largely Hispanic neighborhood just a few months ago.
Some neighbors in the small, largely Hispanic neighborhood in Loganville, about 30 miles east of Atlanta, said they had no clue anything was amiss in the home until police mobbed the scene Thursday morning.
The woman is the "primary suspect", and police are "not searching for anyone else", Gwinnett police Cpl.
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.
Meanwhile, police have said that the mother was cooperating in the investigation but has yet to offer any explanation for the killings.
Police believe the 911 call reporting the stabbings was made by Martinez.
Thursday, that little girl remains in serious condition, but she is recovering. Pihera later told ABC News that Martinez made that call.
"I'm representing the people that's humble, that's hardworking, the people that suffer, the people that have a lot of charges so that they understand that everything is possible through God", she said.