Ga. FFs respond to apartment fire, find child stabbed to death
Gwinnett County firefighters entered to investigate a fire alarm and found the unresponsive boy
By Alexis Stevens, John Spink
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A boy, believed to be 6 years old, died Thursday after being stabbed multiple times, Gwinnett County police said.
The incident was initially reported as a fire at The Vine apartments at 4900 Springs Lane in Peachtree Corners, police said. Firefighters didn’t see flames, but they heard alarms from a first-floor unit and entered it shortly before 8 a.m., a Gwinnett police spokeswoman said. Inside, the boy was found unresponsive.
The child, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital but did not survive.
“What began as an apartment fire is now a criminal investigation,” Gwinnett police Sgt. Michele Pihera said.
Around 9:15 a.m., officers located a woman who appeared to be hiding behind a building at the apartment complex, according to Pihera. She was wet and not wearing shoes, Pihera said.
The woman was not identified, but is believed to be related to the boy and also lived in the unit, according to police. She was taken to a hospital and was expected to be questioned by investigators, Pihera said.
The child’s death comes three days after a 7-year-old boy was killed in what investigators believe was a murder-suicide in DeKalb County. Officers were called at 3:15 p.m. Monday to a home in the 3100 block of Briarcliff Road, according to a spokesperson for DeKalb police. There, investigators found two adults and a child dead, according to police.