Infant Is Lone Survivor in Grisly Murder of 4, Pregnant Woman

Ala. police say gruesome scene will take them days to sort out
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2016 8:37 AM CDT
Infant Is Lone Survivor in Grisly Murder of 4, Pregnant Woman
In this 2016 file photo, police crime-scene tape rings a tree.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

A four-month-old child is the only survivor of a murder scene that Alabama officials are saying is the worst they've encountered, and one that will take days to untangle, reports Five people, including a woman reportedly five months' pregnant, were found murdered in rural Citronelle on Saturday afternoon after a woman who said she'd been kidnapped and held hostage escaped and alerted police, adds the AP. "Given the way the scene looks, we're going to be here a couple of days," a Sheriff's Office rep said. "It's obviously a horrific scene." What officials say they know so far, also via CBS News:

  • Somewhere between midnight and 1am, residents of the home on Jim Platt Road made a 911 call reporting a trespasser. They identified Derrick Dearman as the trespasser. Citronelle police responded, but found no sign.

  • At some point later in the morning, the murders took place. Officials aren't certain if the victims were murdered in their sleep or after a lengthy standoff, but say that firearms and at least one other type of weapon were used.
  • Dearman is in custody; it's believed he had a relationship of as-yet undetermined nature with the woman who was able to escape.
  • A neighbor tells that the occupants moved into the house four or five months ago and that traffic in the rural area had subsequently increased. he says there are two unoccupied mobile homes near the house.
  • A man at the scene said his son, Robert Lee Brown, 25, was among the victims. He identified another victim as Shannon Turner. "If I could get my hands on him," he said of Dearman, "I'd kill him myself."
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