Teen Arrested in Mass Murder of Five People and Unborn Child in Indiana

A teenage boy has been arrested in the killings of five people and an unborn child inside an Indianapolis home.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) said in a news release on Monday that the name of the suspect was "not being released at this time since the suspect is a juvenile."

IMPD spokeswoman Aliya Wishner told The Associated Press that the suspect is a 17-year-old boy, but is not the same juvenile who was found wounded on Sunday before the bodies of the victims were discovered.

The police department said the mass murder was discovered after officers were called shortly before 4 a.m. to investigate a report of a person shot in the 3300 block of East 36th Street.

They located a juvenile boy with gunshot wounds, who was transported to hospital and is expected to survive. Later, officers received information that led them to a nearby residence, in the 3500 block of Adams Street. Officers found five people who had all sustained gunshot wounds.

They have been identified as Kezzie Childs, 42, Raymond Childs, 42, Elijah Childs, 18, Rita Childs, 13, and Kiara Hawkins, 19. Hawkins, who was pregnant, was taken to an area hospital, but both she and her unborn child died despite life-saving efforts, police said.

"We promised swift justice for this heinous act. Today, we delivered on that promise," IMPD Chief Randal Taylor said in a statement on Monday.

"While removing the alleged perpetrator of [Sunday's] mass murder from our neighborhoods does not bring back the lives senselessly lost, hopefully, it will bring us one step closer to healing as a community."

He also asked the community to pray for the recovery of the juvenile who was found wounded Sunday, saying that his "life has been forever changed."

During a news conference on Sunday, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett described the incident as "an act of evil in our city."

He said: "What happened this morning was a mass murder. The choice of an individual or individuals to bring—and I do not use these words lightly—terror to our community."

Hogsett added that he had contacted the U.S. Attorney for Southern Indiana, the Indianapolis office of the FBI and other federal agencies to expedite the investigation.

"I want those responsible to know that the full might of local, state and federal law enforcement are coming for them as I speak," he said.

The IMPD and the Marion County Prosecutor's Office have been contacted for additional comment.

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Stock photo. A teenager has been arrested in the mass murder of five people in Indianapolis. Getty