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Mother charged in stabbing that killed 3 of her children at a home in Italy, Texas

Deputy Jerry Cozby of the Ellis County Sherriff's Office speaking at a press briefing Friday night.
Deputy Jerry Cozby of the Ellis County Sherriff's Office speaks at a press briefing Friday night.

Ellis County Sheriff's Office arrested Shamaiya Deyonshana Hall, a mother charged with killing three of her children and wounding two more at a home in Italy, Texas.

Officials said officers dispatched to the scene found five critically injured children inside the residence. Three children, a 6-year-old boy and 5-year-old twins, had died in the house. Two other children – a 4-year-old boy and a 13-months-old girl - were wounded.

One injured child was transported to Cooks Children’s in Fort Worth; the other was taken to Children’s Hospital in Dallas.

Hall was arrested and transported to the Wayne McCollum Detention Center where she was charged with three counts of capital murder. Bond was set at $2 million on each charge.

The sheriff's office had been called in to assist the Italy Police Department.

The small town of almost 2,000 people is just over 40 miles south of Dallas.

According to the Ellis County Sheriff's Office, Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) was conducting a home visit.

A CPS investigator decided to remove the children from the home and the caseworker called the sheriff's office at 4 p.m. The police department arrived at the scene around 4:05 p.m.

“When we arrived, we found multiple victims on scene,” Deputy Jerry Cozby, public information officer for the Ellis County Sherriff’s Office, told FOX 4 News at a press briefing.

Ellis County Sheriff’s Office records show Hall was arrested around 11 p.m. Friday.

“We believe there is no danger to the public at this time. This is a fluid investigation, and we will update you as things evolve,” Cozby said during the press conference.