MARYLAND – A Laurel family is in shock after a 39-year-old mother stands accused of stabbing her 5 children ages 8, 5, 4, 3 and 2 months — to death and then dismembering them before stabbing herself.
Laurel Police released the names of the kids stabbed to death overnight Wednesday at their home near Interstate 97 and Laurel Bowie Road. They are 8-year-old Timothy, 5-year-old Joshua, 4 year-old Sarah, 3 year old Rebecca and 2-month-old Andrew.
Police believe their 29-year-old mother killed them and stabbed herself. Though police have not released the woman’s identity, she was identified by a family member as Dorothy Ozwald.
Ozwald’ family says they never saw it coming even though her house was horrid.
“I am still just stunned at the information, I don’t know,” said Ozwald’ sister who identified herself only as Angel, when she spoke with Tmzworldnews over the phone. “[There was] Nothing; no signs.”
Angel says the family is trying to reconcile the loving mother they knew, with the woman police say committed this horrific crime.
“She was a loving mother. She loves her kids,” Angel said. “She did whatever she needed to make sure they didn’t ever want for anything.”
Officers found the kids’ bodies in a closet with multiple stab wounds.
Ozwalds’ brother arrived at the home around 11: 30 p.m. Wednesday and met him in the garage, speaking incoherently.
She locked him out of the house and stabbed herself several times, according to police. He forced his way in and found her in their mother’s bathroom with multiple stab wounds and called police.
Police responded to the scene and were told Oswald had children. They found the boys’ bodies in a closet in the home.
“It appears at this point that the children were likely stabbed to death and that parts of their bodies were dismembered,” Laurel Police Department Sergeant Ronald Crump said.
“It didn’t seem like the baby was stressing her out or anything, you know,” Rogers’ sister said. “She didn’t have none of that at all, this is just like a big shock to the family.”
They can’t understand how — or why — this seemingly loving mother would take her boys away from them.
“They were happy, [she] always made sure there was a smile on their face,” Angel said, “she loved her boys with all her heart.”
The family member who identified Ozwald also identified the children.
Ozwald may have also been pregnant with another child, and she stabbed herself in the abdomen.
“I never could have imagined that she could do something like this,” neighbor Frank Sinatra said.
Sinatra said he’s friendly with some of the family members in the house. He remembered the kids playing in his front lawn.
“[They were] playful,” he said. “Always joking around, doing kids’ stuff out in the front, riding their bikes.”
Ozwald is in a nearby hospital in critical condition.
They released photos of the house which was in pretty bad shape as you can see below: